Unaccompanied Minor

 
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Unaccompanied Minor
Publisher
Age Range
12+
Release Date
January 01, 2014
ISBN
978-1440567735
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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 a year. 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.

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Couldn't Put It Down
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Every once in awhile I come across a book that I just can’t put down. It’s a fun read, a page-turner- my spring break, escape from the day-to-day book. Unaccompanied Minor is just that kind of book. I read the entire thing in one setting.

The plot is action-packed; sit on the edge of your seat, summer action movie kind of plot. It is enjoyable and humorous! Gillespie skillfully maintains this suspenseful plot as April is kidnapped, escapes, goes on the lam, and attempts to thwart a hijacking.

Hollis Gillespie does a fantastic job helping the reader understand the world of Airlines and their inner workings. The details of aircrafts and the world of flight attendants help set apart this book from others.

The best part: the narrator- April Mae. She is snarky and intelligent. She isn’t perfect but she can hold her own. Her side comments throughout the narrative drew me in and kept me reading.

This is a great read for tween and middle school readers. Adults will find this a fun and enjoyable read as well. Would definitely call this a great beach read! I am looking forward to reading the sequel – We Will Be Crashing Shortly.

Amy Mae is an unforgettable character and Unaccompanied Minor is a book you just can’t put down!
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A Sky-High Thrill Ride
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5.0
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5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Meet April--A 14-year-old, bonafide aircraft and flight expert and now a highly-experienced runaway who knows how to work the system as an 'unaccompanied minor.' She is witty, intelligent, quick-thinking, and quite honestly one of my FAVORITE young adult main characters to date. Her matter-of-fact, sometimes sarcastic and often hilarious manner of speaking to those in authority and detailing the crazy details of the recent events of her life makes for a fast-paced page-turner. Her in-flight friends she makes, their names and their characters are simply unforgettable, and the laughable-but-believable way the climax of this story takes place will keep you on the edge of your seat and probably giggling the entire way. The backstory she gives to lead up to how there ended up being a bomb threat on the plane (this is described at the very beginning of the book, so no spoilers here) demonstrates the amount of research and just thorough knowledge Hollis Gillespie put into writing this story. I honestly didn't think I would have this much FUN reading this book. I think it would make an excellent movie, and hopefully it will be someday! Pick this up for a great read.
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