Flying Solo [NOOK Book]

Overview

When the substitute for Mr. "Fab" Fabiano never shows up and his sixth-grade students are on their own, they set out to prove that they can run the class by themselves. With a little ingenuity and some careful planning, they might just succeed. But when a fight breaks out between Bastian Fauvell and Rachel White over a classmate, Tommy Feathers, who died six months earlier, everything begins to fall apart. Can Rachel deal with the anxieties that plunged her into silence the day Tommy died? Inventive and uniquely ...
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Flying Solo

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Overview

When the substitute for Mr. "Fab" Fabiano never shows up and his sixth-grade students are on their own, they set out to prove that they can run the class by themselves. With a little ingenuity and some careful planning, they might just succeed. But when a fight breaks out between Bastian Fauvell and Rachel White over a classmate, Tommy Feathers, who died six months earlier, everything begins to fall apart. Can Rachel deal with the anxieties that plunged her into silence the day Tommy died? Inventive and uniquely constructed, "Flying Solo" follows Mr. Fab's students hour by hour as they tackle the challenges of an unusual school day.

Rachel, having chosen to be mute following the sudden death of a classmate, shares responsibility with the other sixth-graders who decide not to report that the substitute teacher failed to show up.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Green
What does a sixth-grade class do when left unsupervised for a day? That is the premise of Fletcher's Flying Solo, in which the substitute calls in sick to the wrong person, messages aren't delivered, and a class must decide what to do when left on their own for the day. Written in a style similar to Konigsburg's A View from Saturday, Fletcher's work is a winning tale of adolescent camaraderie and group dynamics. The students deal with some serious issues (loss, death, and responsibility) without losing their sense of humor. This novel is both captivating and well paced.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Fletcher follows members of a sixth-grade class through a day when their substitute teacher never shows. The students decide not to report that they are alone and to run the class by themselves. Personal issues are woven into the day's events. Rachel has been mute since a classmate who had an annoying, unrequited crush on her died six months before. Bastian, an Air Force brat used to moving, has to decide whether to subject his beloved puppy to a lengthy quarantine when he moves to Hawaii the following day. Sean's alcoholic father and unnurturing home life make him too shy to express his feelings, especially his crush on Rachel. Karen, a natural leader and "good child," takes the reins in the class, making her own evaluations of right and wrong. Jessica, whose parents are judgmental, can't get past her fear of recrimination to enjoy the class' freedom. The students learn about themselves and one another, and several issues are resolved by the end of the day (e.g., Rachel speaks, Bastian gives his puppy to Sean). The resolutions are simple but not pat, the prose is economical but not sparse, and the characters are developed as sketches rather than in-depth portraits, which helps keep the book moving briskly. The premise will make the novel easy to booktalk. Not a must-have, but a worthwhile purchase.-July Siebecker, Hubbard Memorial Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
The rich and complex emotional lives within a classroom of unsupervised students boil toward eruption the day an exceptional teacher is absent. When the designated substitute for Mr. Fabiano's sixth-grade class calls in sick, her message is overlooked in the chaotic office, and the children find themselves without a teacher. Rather than report it, and led by Mr. Fab's lesson plans, they run the class themselves. But powerful emotions are brewing under an otherwise ordinary day's surface: Tommy, a classmate who was often teased for his slowness, has been dead for exactly six months and the class's guilt over their treatment of him hasn't been addressed; Rachel, who hasn't spoken since Tommy died, is about to break her silence; and Bastian, often a bully, is making life- changing decisions on what has become his last day in school. Although Mr. Fabiano only appears at the end, his presence is felt on every page; Fletcher (Twilight Comes Twice, 1997, etc.) creates a testament to effective teaching in his realistic portrait of Mr. Fabiano as both caring and intelligent. A novel that is funny, real, and often moving. (Fiction. 10-12)
From the Publisher
"Fletcher expertly balances a wide variety of emotions...thoughtful, absorbing novel...a story that will linger long after the book is closed." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

The rich and complex emotional lives within a classroom of unsupervised students boil toward eruption the day an exceptional teacher is absent....Fletcher creates a testament to effective teaching in his realistic portrait of Mr. Fabiano as both caring and intelligent. A novel that is funny, real, and often moving.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547501758
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 58,717
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 268 KB

Meet the Author

Ralph Fletcher is the author of many well-received books for children, including the novels FIG PUDDING, and FLYING SOLO, and the picture books TWILIGHT COMES TWICE, GRANDPA NEVER LIES and CIRCUS SURPRISE. He lives with his family in New Hampshire.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    Flying Solo is a great book! I am in fourth grade and read it in the begining of the year and loved it! I engourage you to read it yourseelf! Flying Solo taught the lesson of always being nice to others¿ If you like stories that have comedy, drama, and fill you with questions and crazy feelings you will love Flying Solo!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    March 28,2012

    Amazing book!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    wow

    its a great book good for ages 10 and older proably.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Boss

    This is a awesom book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Me about the nerds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Any young kids :)

    Books good but i rather talk to kids age 12-13

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Loved this book!

    This book made me laugh cry, and smile! I hope u like it as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    First here for TTBPJ

    Thank you for using Katie!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    &pi&sigma&aleph

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Anonymous

    Great BOOK. GREAT STORY. ANOTHER GREAT RALPH FLETCHER BOOK.

    BUY. TOTALLY WORTH IT.

    100,000,000,000,000,000 stars

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Great

    This is a great book and I could really recomend this to many kids

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Love it best book ever

    Theress a teaacher and hes absent and the substatute dosent show up.................

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Amazing book

    I loved this book and encourage evryone to read it. I loke the ending; it's very satisfying!! :)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Awesome

    Love the book!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Hannah Alwell Hannah Colorado

    Best book I have ever read such a good book I can't wait to read it again.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Loved it

    I couldnt put the book down and now im gonna try not to talk for as long as rachel did. I felt like this book was so real like it would happen in real sixth grade i reccomend this book for 5 graders and up

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Loved it

    I think it was a good book. Even though it is short is is very good. I would recumed it to any one

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Great book

    Ralph Fletcher came to my school and talked about this book and when i read it was so interesting i loved it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Ok

    It was a pretty decent short story i blove ralph fletcher but i wish he did more with this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    The best book

    This book is amazzing. These kids have no teacher in the class. And this girl doesnt speak becaz she thought she made a boy die because he liked her and she didnt like hkm back. My teach read it to us. In the beginning they introduce u to the characters. Amazzing.

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