When it's cold and dreary outside, we can't help thinking about flying away to warmer climes. Here are our top five books about folks who are right at home on transatlantic flights.
Descriptions from the catalog unless otherwise noted:
Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie
Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her
flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April's mom
marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom
confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally,
living on airplanes, using her mother's flight benefits, relying on the
flight crews who know she's been shuttling between divorcing parents for
Then, there's a hijacking, but why is April's "dad" on board?
April flees to the cargo hold with another unaccompanied minor she's met
before, and they fight to thwart the hijackers, faking a fire, making
weapons from things they find in luggage. At last, locked in the cockpit
with a wounded police officer, the boy, and his service dog, April
tries to remember everything her parents said to do in a crisis above
the clouds. But she knows it won't be enough.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's
life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to
her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and
involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets
the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is
Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
A long night on the
plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of
each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to
bring them together once more? Quirks of timing play out in this
romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances,
and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's
story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least
expecting it. (See our full review here)
Found by Margaret Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they
were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies
with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a
mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to
repair the fabric of time.
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying, which
allows her to forget her absentee mother and life in a South Carolina
trailer park, but when Grayson, the son of her deceased flight
instructor, blackmails her into working for him and his brother Alec,
the consequences could be deadly (see our full review here).
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years
after his death she feels closest to him when she's in the air. But as a
young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits
to her, until America enters World War II, and the Army forms the
WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Ida has a chance to fulfill her
dream if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl.
She wants to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying
one's self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately it's not what
you do but who you are that's most important