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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545383072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545383073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Reedy's novel has secrets, homemade rocket ships, romance, bullying, skateboarding, and friendship-plenty to capture the interest of readers. Sixth-grader Brian has moved to a new town in Iowa. He decides that the local skating park might be the best place to meet some kids before school starts. That's where his troubles begin. First, he out-skates the town bully, and then his heart ends up in his throat when the lone girl skater removes her helmet, leading Brian to think "This girl was an angel." Despite his rocky start, Brian finds friends and begins constructing an airplane in a secret lab with them. But will they ever get it in the air? Reedy's tween characters are mostly authentic, but he goes a bit overboard with Star Trek-loving nerd Max, whose stilted language is hard to believe. Otherwise, he nails the angst of the middle-school lunchroom, the tentativeness of a first boy-girl relationship, and the mood of a family who has pulled up their roots for a new opportunity that's not going as well as hoped. This is a solid story that will ring true to readers for many years to come.-Margo Hastings, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This novel includes all the ingredients of a classic middle-school plotline: the pretty and seemingly unattainable girl, the cool guy, the no-good bully, the new kid, and the hopeless but relatable nerd. But Reedy offers up much more than a formulaic preteen drama. Brian, an avid skateboarder, finds himself coping with a difficult move to Iowa at the start of his sixth-grade year. He befriends nerdy Alex and discovers that his new acquaintance has hatched a plot to build a functional homemade airplane in a supersecret laboratory. This seemingly impossible venture brings together an unlikely group of boys, each with their own fears, needs, and tribulations. The dialogue is believable, the plot fast-paced, and the moral subtle: sometimes all it takes to make friends is a common goal. The story is full of heart and will resonate with many middle-schoolers and tweens who feel the pressure of social isolation. Grades 4-6. --Erin Anderson

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The characters are interesting, and the story line is fun.
Suzanne K. Endres
It's often difficult to find a book that will appeal to both boys and girls.
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The characters are well developed and the plot moves along briskly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teacherrates on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Please understand that all my reviews focus on the interests of my middle school students. I never do a full plot synopsis in a review.

Despite giving this book a five star review, I am not going to pretend that it is great literature. It is just a fun story about three adventuresome and creative sixth grade boys: Brian, a somewhat introverted boy who is trying to use a move to a new town to become more outgoing; Max, a totally not-cool nerd, who is nonetheless worth befriending and incredibly brilliant; and Alex, who always checks the chill factor (will this make me look cool?) before doing anything.

I enjoyed the book because these boys are my students. Not literally, of course; but this is a pretty accurate picture of the insecure, growing, reckless, unsure, and fun kids that I work with every day. If you believe the media and the "experts," children today are all engaged in much-too-mature, inappropriate, etc. behaviors. Well, not the vast majority of kids I have in my classes. When I chaperone dances, the boys are all on one side and the girls on the other. Even the ones who are "dating" slow dance at maximum distance possible to still be holding one another. Most of what they "know," they are just guessing at. Are there kids who DO know more than they should, who engage in age-inappropriate behavior, etc.? Of course. Now, name me a time when this wasn't the case. God didn't create a new species while we weren't paying attention. Kids are kids are kids are kids.

The characters are well developed and the plot moves along briskly. The "romance" in the story is hilarious at times, but also very touching; it reminds me of my experience with my first "real" girlfriend (although I was in the seventh grade).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Swanson on February 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 10YO son is very interested in aviation, and after reading a long line of youth titles that were military in theme, I was looking to give him a different perspective/change of pace. I stumbled on this book at the library. Generally one who needs "encouragement" to keep moving through a book, he finished this one in about four days, staying up late at night to get through the conclusion, and pronounced it one of the best books he'd ever read. On another occasion, he said, "it was the kind of book that you wish never had an ending." My ears nearly fell of my head at that endorsement. He requested "Words in the Dust" by the same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 12yr old son enjoyed this book. I got it for him because of the skateboarding theme. I read it and liked it as well. The characters are loveable and the story moves at a good pace. The story line required quite a stretch of the imagination, that boys in the sixth grade like my son could secretly accomplish everything that these boys did. My son didn't buy that either but he looked past it and enjoyed the book. Perhaps a younger reader would not even notice.

There is one character with a bit of a gambling problem, and I was disappointed in the way that this was handled or rather not handled. Since I read the book I was able to discuss the characters' actions with my son. Hopefully other parents will do the same.

All in all, a recommended read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Stealing Air

Trent Reedy

What would you do if there were a bully trying to push you all day long? Brian is new in Riverside. He's trying to make some friends before school starts. He thinks this girl named Wendy is hot but he can't date her because she's the bully's sister. Brian meets these two boys named Max and Alex. They try to make a plane then fly it. Will the plane get off the ground? I think you'd like this book because there's some adventure, realistic fiction and a little drama.

Mei Bryn-- grade 5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne K. Endres on December 30, 2012
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This is a great story for mid grade boys. The characters are interesting, and the story line is fun. Recommended for boys who like planes or skateboarding.
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