“Girl on a Plane” starts out like any other. A girl is getting ready to go back to school. She is flying out the next morning. She is part of a family that moves around a lot due to her dad being in the military. The author did an amazing job letting us get to know Anna and her family before her world is turned upside down. I wasn't very sure about this book when I first started, but I found out early on that I wasn't going to be able to put it down.
This book is all told while Anna and the other passengers are being held hostage on a plane in the desert. The author again does an amazing job working with this environment. It never felt like the book was stagnate when the characters weren't going anywhere. The descriptions of their four days on the plane were vivid and I felt like I was right along with them.
The flow of this story worked out so well. Each point was made and it unfolded beautifully! This story of survival will touch your heart while ripping it open. All of the characters were amazing. The three main ones Anna, David, and Tim were the best.
Anna was such a strong character even though they are in this very high stress situation. She does loose her cool a few times, but she buttons it up and keeps going. I hope that if by some horrible turn of events that I am ever in a situation like this that I can be like Anna as well.
Tim and David were amazing and I wish that the author would have given us more information on what happened to them later on. I know via the amazing Q and A in the back of the book that in real life she did keep tabs with some of the other passengers but then lost touch. To only reconnect after this book was released. But for the story it would have been an interesting turn of events to know what happened to them. As well as the turtle!!!
Half way through this story I decided to look up the events of the 1970 Dawson's Field hijackings. At the time I wasn't even born yet. That wouldn't happen for another 12 years!
What I found were many pictures and information about what happened. This is a great story for those who wish to have their children learn and search out history.
The ending to “Girl on a Plane” was great. I loved hearing about the future and where Anna was 45 years later. We get to hear about her struggles to put the past in the past. Again, I really would have enjoyed learning what was going on with Tim and David as well and YES THE TURTLE!!! I know that turtle would so be gone by now, but hey maybe he had grandkids or something! It could happen!
This was one story that will keep you thinking about it for a while.
After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is flying back to boarding school in England when her plane is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and taken to the Jordanian desert.
Demands are issued. If they are not met, the terrorists will blow up the plane, killing all hostages. The heat becomes unbearable; food and water supplies dwindle. All alone, Anna begins to face the possibility that she may never see her family again.
Inspired by true events in the author’s life, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror with courage and resilience.
Includes Q&A with the author.
Age Range: 12 and up / Grade Level: 7 and up