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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Flight Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981714900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981714905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,287,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed JAKE AND THE TIGER FLIGHT very much. It brought out the excitement and adventure all boys and girls want to experience with aircraft! The book will inspire boys and girls--and maybe adults as well--to go after their dreams and make them come true. It really is a neat, suspenseful book! -- Pat Epps, award-winning pilot, explorer, aviation business promoter and entrepreneur

I really loved this book! I read it cover to cover without putting it down. It's cute, well written and has a great message. Tying aviation to a message about living responsibly is clever and insightful and worth reading. -- Patty Wagstaff, National Aerobatic Champion and air show pilot

JAKE AND THE TIGER FLIGHT is more than an exciting story about discovering the magic of airplanes and the heroism of those who fly them. It provides readers of all ages with practical ways to turn their dreams into reality. And guess what? The book actually makes it fun to learn the meaning of responsibility, self-discipline, and goal-setting. -- Barry Schiff, retired airline captain (TWA), record-setting pilot, and award-winning aviation author

JAKE AND THE TIGER FLIGHT reveals to young readers how dreams and ambitions are ultimately realized through hard work and in being a responsible person. It's an inspiring read filled with life lessons for students and for their parents. -- Michael Buchanan and Diane Lang, authors of Micah's Child and award-winning teachers

What a great idea: an enjoyable read for pre- and young teens with a real point and an incentive to actually "stick with it." Something to encourage getting away from both TV and computer screens. I'd think parents would love it. I know I have. -- Gregg Loomis, pilot and author of The Sinai Secret

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I really loved this book! I read it cover to cover without putting it down. It's cute, well written and has a great message. Tying aviation to a message about living responsibly is clever and insightful and worth reading.

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By C. H. Ramsey on September 30, 2008
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There was Dickens's Pip, Salinger's Holden, and Twain's Huck. And now, in the best tradition of coming-of-age stories, there's Weinstein's Jake. In "Jake and the Tiger Flight," the eponymous hero Jake is a typical twelve year old, spending his days enduring classes, playing video games, and watching movies with his friends. He's a good kid, but he lacks focus and seems to be just drifting through life, uncertain about where time will take him. Asked about his goals, he answers that he would like to make record scores on his games, and that seems to be the extent of his ambition. His vague dreams are dramatically clarified one afternoon when he sees a squadron of Tiger Flight planes fly over his father's hardware store. This spectacular sight stirs his imagination and he knows that he wants to experience the thrill of flying for himself. The rest of the book skillfully chronicles his struggle to make the transition from pre-teen slacker to member of the Tiger Flight crew, a shift that is by no means assured. He has to face his parents' misgivings, his friends' misunderstandings, and his own shortcomings along the way. The challenges ring true. There are some surprises and several turns of fortune as we see Jake grow up in this well-told tale. It is a captivating story and I found myself in turn wincing and cheering for Jake as he went through cycles of disappointments and successes.

To his credit, Weinstein successfully weaves lessons on character, perseverance, goal-setting, and overcoming failure throughout this compelling adventure without overbearing moralism. The author introduces concepts like courage and responsibility gracefully and credibly, not simply as virtuous clichés, but as believable characteristics embodied in a realistically portrayed young man.
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Jake in the Tiger Flight was very good for both the young, and the young at heart. This book exemplifies the difficult yet worthwhile terms of such long-term goals as being a pilot in command. Jake and all of the other characters(including friends his age, the grown up pilots who become his mentors, and of course his parents who want to raise him right) are enjoyable and encouraging. This is a definite read for anyone to find a starting place and a good goal. And that is EXACTLY what Tiger Flight is based on; the idea of getting everyone to find their nitch and goal, and work towards it!

My favorite characters besides Jake were Sunny the Head Pilot-In-Command who had the same dream as Jake when he was younger and is a child at heart; Bones, another Pilot-In-Command who is also a surgeon and also in the military; and also Vic, one of Jake's classmates who acts like the stockbroker in the 6th grade with all of his fiscal knowledge.

Tiger Flight is a great experience for any child living in the Atlanta area! And yes even though Jake is a fictional character, Tiger Flight is very real!!
I hope there is a sequel with a new story!
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Kids deserve more books like Jake and the Tiger Flight. The writing is better than the majority of adult fiction and tells a compelling story. As important, the book succeeds at motivating and teaching life skills as well--and with a far more entertaining story than Who Moved My Cheese. The crucial life strategy of goal-setting is clearly laid out and illustrated in the story, without lecturing, but as part of the narrative, including having a dream, making a plan, giving yourself deadlines, and rewarding yourself when you achieve them. In fact, reading Jake and the Tiger Flight inspired this adult and reinvigorated my own goal-setting process!
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This is one of the best books on the market. Aimed at children, but enjoyed by adults too. It is wonderfully written and encompasses choices we all have to make - what would I, should I, might I, do? How do you make good, responsible decisions? Weinstein is a teacher while he writes - he gives direction without lectures, he proves that a good strong character will benefit in the end. My parents always taught me that if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing right the first time. 'Jake' had a few hiccups, but his sense of wanting to do the right thing helped him gain in the end. My children can't wait for the next book, and neither can I !!
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