Fly Boy

Fly Boy

Book - 2011
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Robbie's father is a spitfire pilot who was shot down during World War II and is now a POW. At only seventeen, Robbie lies about his identity to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force under the guise of going to a boarding school so that his mother doesn't find out. He starts training in Brandon, Manitoba, but after acing all his classes, he's dealt a disappointing blow when he's assigned to be a navigator on a Lancaster. He wanted to be a pilot, just like his father, but the commanders of the air force have other ideas. Robbie is soon on his way to England, where he completes his training on missions bombing German targets in enemy territory. It is during one of these missions that his Lancaster is fired upon and the pilot and many of the crew are shot. It's up to Robbie and his limited piloting experience to save the crew...and himself.
Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, 2011.
ISBN: 9780143176312
9780143176305
Characteristics: 192 p. ;,21 cm.

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colinmccormack
Jul 09, 2015

Exellent book with great views from a history and fictional perspective.

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kiko34
Aug 01, 2014

It's a good book about what it's like to be a pilot in World War Two I really enjoyed reading this book

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RedLeaf
Mar 06, 2014

I'm a senior and enjoyed this book because of the author's writing skill in developing a believable narrative and use of plot elements. Because of the targeted reading age, some of the serious issues about the effects of war and the day-to-day grinding down of the spirit of those who participate in deadly conflict are muted. It's worth the time to read if you want to gain a sense of what the British Air War in WWII was about,

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Dixiedog2
Dec 26, 2013

Canadian Author Eric Walters ‘Fly Boy’ - was a very entertaining juvenile rated book to read involving bomber aircraft in WW II. If you enjoy Eric Walters, his book ‘End of Days’ is a must read; however it is recommended for older juvenile or teenage/adult readers due to some of the technical complexity involved in the book. The first four pages in ‘End of Days’ has to be the very best introduction/catch your attention writing I have ever read. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

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momjohnstonfour
Nov 15, 2013

this book is great

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Alexandra_C_E
May 13, 2013

A light and energetic read, Fly Boy transports the reader back to a time of great unrest and turmoil. Robbie is an intelligent but naive character who only wants to serve his country and realize his dream of becoming a pilot. What he fails to comprehend are the realities of war: the death, the destruction and the day-to-day uncertainties.

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JPos29
May 03, 2012

One of the better books I have read. I'm already into this kind of WWII history, but Eric Walters brings life and reality to the story - GREAT BOOK!!!

ally19 Apr 24, 2012

I have to admit, at first I avoided taking out the book asuming the book was something only those who are wise on history events might enyoy or understand. Scared I would be in the dark about what was going on I avoided it. After hearing how great it was over and over I decided to give it a try and I have to agree because I absolutely enjoyed it. It kept me reading because I wanted to know what would happen to the main character. I absolutly enjoyed the ending even though I didn't want it to end. I recomed this book to anyone who would love an ecellent novel that teaches you anything is posible and to never shoot yourself down because you are capable of so much more than that.

zxcvb6655 Apr 24, 2012

my favourite book in red maple, it was a good pace and i absolutly loved it

nus042 Apr 19, 2012

I thought the book was okay. Maybe because this isn't the kind of book I usually read. This book was more adventurous and in a way action related. I guess if I were into these genres I would have enjoyed the book better.

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mia407rtms thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 10

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kula1 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Gibbles23 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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