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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780689876806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689876806
  • ASIN: 0689876807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—Thirteen-year-old Jimmy, his little sister Julia, and his two best friends embark on a cross-country flight to stay with family in California, where the boys hope to get sponsorship for their skateboarding club. Jimmy helps an elderly knitter with her bag, and learns she is part of a group who is traveling to a knitting convention. When terrorists charge the cockpit and take over the plane, the boys leap into action, killing the hijackers with the help of the women and their knitting needles. They then discover that the pilots are dead and that the plane is out of fuel, and when they crash, the real story begins—survival in the deep forest. It may be highly improbable that the only survivors are the kids, the elderly knitter, and the flight attendant, but the tale remains enjoyable as the silly banter is preserved and the can-do attitude of the youngsters is easy to appreciate. The boys learn from the two adults and Julia, whose girl-scout knowledge gains everyone's admiration, and they make it seem like almost dying in a fiery plane crash can be kind of fun. A true adventure book, with high-spirited and fundamentally good boys as the central characters, Getting Air should find a wide audience.—John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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In the opening scene, 13-year-old Jimmy fantasizes about winning it all at the X Games skateboarding championship: a decisive victory, a kiss from his supermodel girlfriend, and a multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal. The first-person novel that follows is only slightly more realistic. Flying to California with his younger sister, Julia, and two skateboarding buddies, Jimmy befriends 79-year-old Mildred, who is traveling to a knitting convention. When the plane is hijacked and a flight attendent killed, the passengers overtake the four terrorists and crash-land the plane in a Canadian forest. Only six survive: the boys, Julia, Mildred, and a beautiful stewardess. Relying on Girl Scout Julia's skills, they struggle to survive, but also find the time and tools to construct a half pipe. Mixing moments of humor with swashbuckling bravado, gruesome deaths, survival tips, and questions about God's existence, the novel never focuses enough to get its footing. Several elements of the story, beginning with the slogan-shouting terrorists, are less than convincing. Still, readers willing to suspend disbelief will find this a fast-paced adventure keyed to today's headlines. Phelan, Carolyn

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This is hard. I'm a pretty regular Jersey guy who spent fifteen years trying to write newspaper articles, magazine articles, screenplays, books for adults, and just about everything else before I discovered the one thing I'm good at--writing fiction for kids. I aim for kids who DON'T like to read, and hopefully the kids who DO like to read will enjoy my stuff too. For all the gory details about me, check out my web site.

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I am in 8th grade and i loved this book.
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The story deals with the survivors of an airplane crash in the deep forest of Canada.
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When it ended, I just wished their was more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jimmy, David, and Henry are off to do what they do best - skateboard. They call themselves the Woodpushers.

On a plane headed to California, they hope to skate their way into the money-filled pockets of some big-league sponsors. Along for the ride is Jimmy's younger sister, Julia, and a plane full of old ladies headed for a knitting convention.

The Woodpushers' big plans are dramatically detoured when four terrorists hijack the plane. All of the passengers ban together to overpower the hijackers, but unfortunately the pilot and co-pilot don't make it. With no one able to fly the plane, Henry uses the knowledge from his one flying lesson to crash-land the group in the deep woods of Canada. The six survivors include the three skateboarders, sister Julia, one stewardess, and Mrs. Herschel, an 80-year-old knitter.

Thanks to the amazing knowledge of Jimmy's sister, Julia, the group is able to start a fire and find water and food to survive. Readers will be entertained by crazy antics, a few scary moments, and the group's efforts to get along in a stressful situation.

Although the story is pretty unrealistic, most reluctant readers should find it entertaining and fast-paced. GETTING AIR is a fun summer read or one that will make returning to school next fall a bit more enjoyable. This one is definitely worth adding to your Dan Gutman collection.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E Forrest on September 26, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I am in 8th grade and i loved this book. I personally think this is the best book i have ever read. i give it a 20 out of 10. its full of suspense, i didn't want to put this book down! Easy read, i recremend this book to kids of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
My 9-year-old grandson and I are reading this book together. He does not like to read, so I search for books that might interest him. He seems to like this one although the romantic fantasies of the protagonist (it's ok, parents; they are "G-rated" adolescent daydreams) may be a little advanced for him. However, we bought the book on the recommendation of another 9-year-old who couldn't put it down. It's easy reading and a fun book so far.

Service of the seller was as promised. The book is in excellent condition and arrived promptly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sofia Marie on May 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What can be more breath-taking than diving down a half-pipe on your skateboard with millions of eyes watching your every move? That's what Jimmy Zimmerman and his friends think in the beginning of this remarkable story. But what happens to them while they are on their way to California to get sponsored is a new, yet unexplored adventure. Will Jimmy and his friends survive?
Dan Gutman writes in an easy-to-read, fun, and exciting way. Getting Air is sure to capture and hold your attention,and leave you amazed long after you're done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silverfox on August 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought that this would be a good read for a 5 hour plane ride since it is a plane hijacking story. It turns out that like just about everyone else ITS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!! ( If your Wondering it didnt take me 5 hours to read) Anyway, I Recomend every dan gutman book exept for the christmas Genie. that book sucks crap. P.S This was typed from my kindle.
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Format: Hardcover
Getting Air contains everything anyone would want: Comedy, Action, Romance, Drama and you'll be so surprised it might even be a thriller. The book is about a kid named Jimmy Zimmerman who makes a skateboarding club called The Wood Pushers with his two best friends: Henry and David. He is on his way to California to do some serious skateboarding. He's flying by himself with The Wood Pushers and his little sister Julia. On his way he encounters four unfriendly hijackers, the love of his life, and some very friendly old ladies on their way to a knitting convention. I strongly recommend this book. Dan Gutman did a great job of making it entertaining!

Austin 4th grade
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Format: Kindle Edition
Getting Air is about 3 twelve year old kids who ride on a plane during summer vacation and are heading to California for some major skating. But instead, their plane gets hijacked by terrorists. It's hard to survive when your plane has knifes, guns, and people that threaten to kill you if you get up or try to call somebody. If you like action, get this book and read it! You'll be sorry if you don't! Another great tale by Dan Gutman. Full of action and a GREAT read. ~Cheesy
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I read this book so I could fill in as "the adult" at my granddaughter's 5th grade book club discussion. I would never have chosen this for myself as it is geared toward junior readers. The story deals with the survivors of an airplane crash in the deep forest of Canada. The lessons learned by all age levels among the survivors are good life lessons for anyone from 10 to 90 years old. The interests and life experiences of the characters is well rounded and the story moves along quickly. Dan Gutman has a new book out with much of the same clarity of writing. If you like Gary Larson's books, you'll love this one.
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