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The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher
     

The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher

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by Bill Harley
 

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When Darius Frobisher's father flies off in a hot air balloon and doesn't come back, the boy's happy, carefree life suddenly comes to an end. He is torn away from his beloved babysitter and sent to live with his notoriously nasty Aunt Ida. Most of his waking time is spent trying to dodge the teenage boy next door, who is home from military school and hungry to do

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When Darius Frobisher's father flies off in a hot air balloon and doesn't come back, the boy's happy, carefree life suddenly comes to an end. He is torn away from his beloved babysitter and sent to live with his notoriously nasty Aunt Ida. Most of his waking time is spent trying to dodge the teenage boy next door, who is home from military school and hungry to do horrible things to someone younger than himself. Darius sees a ray of hope when he finds a rusty old bicycle in the basement and begins to repair it in secret. Could this be the first step toward a reunion with Miss Hasting? Then one day he is startled to see an old man with long flowing hair riding a bicycle across the sky! Now he knows what he has to do to get away from his miserable life.

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
When eleven-year-old Darius is suddenly orphaned, life changes quickly. The lawyers in charge of his father's estate send off his beloved housekeeper, Miss Hastings, and determine that Darius will go and live with Aunt Inga. But Aunt Inga doesn't like children, and her approach to taking care of Darius leaves a lot to be desired. It is not until Darius finds a rusting bike in Aunt Inga's basement and then runs into the mysterious Mr. Daedalus that he begins to make a plan for escaping from Aunt Inga and the neighborhood bully, Anthony. As the bike repairs take shape, Darius learns a great deal about himself, Aunt Inga, his father, and Mr. Daedalus; he also begins to realize that even someone of his age is able to make a difference in the world. Many aspects of this book, especially the narrator's voice, remind me of the "Lemony Snicket" series but lack the originality of those books. Nonetheless, younger male readers will likely appreciate Darius's bike-flying adventure.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Eleven-year-old Darius Frobisher's life is about to change. His father, a seasoned world traveler and adventurer, recently took off in a hot-air balloon for a weekend trip and never returned. Because Darius's mother died when he was young, Miss Hastings, their elderly housekeeper, has always cared for him during his father's absences. Now, three attorneys tell them that Rudy Frobisher is presumed dead, send Miss Hastings away, and take the boy to live with his grouchy Aunt Inga, who makes it clear she doesn't want him around. He is miserable until he encounters Daedalus, a neighborhood eccentric who rebuilds old bicycles, and who, Darius is certain, has constructed one that can fly. Harley often addresses readers directly, working hard to enchant them, offering them villains they can hiss at and teasing them with magic that lies just around the corner. But he tries, not subtly enough, to force his audience to understand his characters-telling them that Aunt Inga is mean, for example, because she's unhappy-making the bad guys lose a lot of their bite, along with the story. Still, this pleasant blend of melodrama and fantasy will make youngsters frown over Darius's misery and then smile in anticipation of the predictably happy ending.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561454945
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,014,067
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book with non-stop action, then THE AMAZING FLIGHT OF DARIUS FROBISHER is a very good choice.

This book is about a boy named, appropriately enough, Darius Frobisher. Darius's father is a man that travels the world to very amazing places. A sad fact is that Darius's mother died when he was younger. While Darius's father is out, you may be wondering "who Darius is with, and what is he doing?" Well, most of the time Darius is making up trouble for Miss Hastings.

Miss Hastings is Darius's nanny, in a way, except they get into trouble together -- and Miss Hastings burns toast.

Anyway, when Darius's father goes on a hot air balloon ride and never comes back, Darius has to go live with his Aunt Inga (who is evil!). When Darius get there he finds something special that he just might be able to use to make a run for home -- and Miss Hastings -- where he can be happy again.

I give this book 4 stars for the really creative things the author does with this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago