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Stealing Air Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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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.
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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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). In short, this book is for middle school kids and is a definite five-star for that crowd.
I am excited about the skate boarding descriptions in the novel. Trent Reedy (the author) must board. I started and chaired a skate board club for five years at our middle school until we finally shamed the town leaders into building a skate park for the kids (and saving money on putting those ugly "no-anything" signs all over town). I have a lot of reluctant readers who are avid skate boarders. I'm hoping they will give this book a try.
There is a lot to love in Reedy’s second novel: A secret workshop where the boys can gather to create their experimental aircraft, harrowing night time test runs, stomach turning eating competitions, young love, and sweet, sweet revenge
This book is geared towards ages 8 to 12.
I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review.
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