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Airfield by [Ingold, Jeanette]

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Airfield Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Length: 163 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Age Level: 12 - 99 Grade Level: 7 - 9

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Grade 7-10-A story set in small-town America during the Depression. The narrative centers on 15-year-old Beatty; her longing for information about her mother, who died when she was a baby; and her desire to please an emotionally distant father. Since infancy, Beatty has lived part of each year with one of her three aunts, rotating among them every few months. Her father is a pilot who literally flies in and out of her life. When the story begins, Beatty is living with her youngest aunt and her husband, Grif, in Muddy Springs, TX. Grif is working as the town's airport station manager, and it is there that most of Beatty's adventures unfold. While on her way to take her uncle lunch, she unknowingly crosses the airstrip, almost getting killed by an incoming plane piloted by Annie Boudreau, the woman who will eventually tell Beatty about her mother. On the same trip, she encounters Moss, a young man on his own now that the Depression has split his family apart. Ultimately, the two teens work side by side at the airport, plan an air show, kiss, and help Beatty's father land his plane in a storm. Peripheral characters are just that; although a part of the story, they are not fully drawn. However, the excellent plot will spur readers' interest to discover Beatty's past and get a glimpse of her future.
Joanne K. Cecere, Highland High School, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


...the aviation details are engrossing -- New York Times Book Review, Feb. 13, 2000

...the excellent plot will spur readers' interest to discover Beatty's past and get a glimpse of her future -- School Library Journal, Oct. 1999

Beatty is a delightful young person who takes responsibility for her mistakes and works to correct them. Compassionate and intelligent, Beatty is very real. Written in the present tense, Ingold's prose is quick and spare, yet at the same time evocative and compelling. She echoes themes such as self-discovery, maternal abandonment, and longing for a home throughout the story, creating texture rather than action. This is a quiet read with gentle appeal, in some ways similar to (Karen Hesse's) Out of the Dust. -- VOYA, Feb. 2000

Can you imagine a time when a town's airport was run by one ground manager and one mechanic? Dogs, sheep, and people can wander on the landing strips; crucial lights go out in a thunderstorm. That's the way it was in the early days of air transportation, in 1933, when this historical fiction takes place. Ingold researched the history of aviation, interviewed many people involved in these pioneering days (including her own father) to write this story....this will be a popular book for those who like historical fiction about adventurous girls -- KLIATT, Nov. 1999

Ingold writes a solid story . . . Beatty herself is a heroine of vim and vigor, and the book's provision of an incipient boyfriend, in the form of a nice young Okie who stays around to work, is obliging and pleasing. It's also refreshing to see a book interested in early flight that gives the ground crew its due; young barnstormers might want to touch down here before soaring on to the Flambards trilogy -- The Bulletin, Jan. 2000

Product details

  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First edition (August 30, 1999)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 1999
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BM9IC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,759,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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