Getting Air

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They can rule the half-pipe, but can they survive this?

Jimmy, David, and Henry are psyched. It's summer, school's out, and they are on their way to California, where they will be able to do some major skating. But on the plane, the unthinkable happens: They are hijacked by terrorists. As frightened as they may be, they take action and they succeed. Sort of. They may have beaten the terrorists, but now their plane has crashed in the middle of nowhere and all of a sudden, their ...

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Overview

They can rule the half-pipe, but can they survive this?

Jimmy, David, and Henry are psyched. It's summer, school's out, and they are on their way to California, where they will be able to do some major skating. But on the plane, the unthinkable happens: They are hijacked by terrorists. As frightened as they may be, they take action and they succeed. Sort of. They may have beaten the terrorists, but now their plane has crashed in the middle of nowhere and all of a sudden, their summer vacation is about finding food, shelter, and a rescue. Can three normal twelve-year-old boys find a way to get by without fast food and skate parks?

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Gr 4-6
Thirteen-year-old Jimmy, his little sister Julia, and his two best friends embark on a cross-country flight to stay with family in California, where the boys hope to get sponsorship for their skateboarding club. Jimmy helps an elderly knitter with her bag, and learns she is part of a group who is traveling to a knitting convention. When terrorists charge the cockpit and take over the plane, the boys leap into action, killing the hijackers with the help of the women and their knitting needles. They then discover that the pilots are dead and that the plane is out of fuel, and when they crash, the real story begins-survival in the deep forest. It may be highly improbable that the only survivors are the kids, the elderly knitter, and the flight attendant, but the tale remains enjoyable as the silly banter is preserved and the can-do attitude of the youngsters is easy to appreciate. The boys learn from the two adults and Julia, whose girl-scout knowledge gains everyone's admiration, and they make it seem like almost dying in a fiery plane crash can be kind of fun. A true adventure book, with high-spirited and fundamentally good boys as the central characters, Getting Air should find a wide audience.
—John LeightonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In this serio-comic adventure from veteran author Gutman, a boy and his friends survive a plane crash, but must find a way to stay alive in the woods until they're rescued. Jimmy, a skateboarding fanatic, stands up to terrorist hijackers on a cross-country flight and later to his friends, but has to listen to his little sister, who actually knows something about wilderness survival. Mix in a beautiful young flight attendant and a sparky elderly lady for fun. The narrative features nice suspense but comes across more as a comedy, as the group never seems threatened by their wilderness experience. Plenty of adolescent humor and well-placed deus ex machina plot manipulations easily overcome the minor difficulties of making fire and finding water, food and shelter. If the humor sometimes seems out of place, it's still perfectly pitched to the middle-school crowd. A great choice for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689876813
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 237,699
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman hated to read when he was a kid, then he grew up. Now he writes cool books like The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site: www.dangutman.com.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

    Getting Air

    This book was AWESOME!!! It was so funny! This book makes you want to read forever and ever! I could NEVER put it down until I finished the book! This book teaches you not only important lessons in life but it also teaches you lots of survival skills. If your one of those kids who LOVES airplanes (like me) you will LOVE this book even more! My mother came home one night from work and bought me this book. Then I went in my room and started to read this book Getting Air by: Dan Gutman. I read the book in two nights until I finished every last page. As you see right now you probably think you are going to love this book like I did. This is the BEST book I EVER read in my ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Jimmy, David, and Henry are off to do what they do best - skateboard. They call themselves the Woodpushers. <BR/><BR/>On a plane headed to California, they hope to skate their way into the money-filled pockets of some big-league sponsors. Along for the ride is Jimmy's younger sister, Julia, and a plane full of old ladies headed for a knitting convention. <BR/><BR/>The Woodpushers' big plans are dramatically detoured when four terrorists hijack the plane. All of the passengers ban together to overpower the hijackers, but unfortunately the pilot and co-pilot don't make it. With no one able to fly the plane, Henry uses the knowledge from his one flying lesson to crash-land the group in the deep woods of Canada. The six survivors include the three skateboarders, sister Julia, one stewardess, and Mrs. Herschel, an 80-year-old knitter. <BR/><BR/>Thanks to the amazing knowledge of Jimmy's sister, Julia, the group is able to start a fire and find water and food to survive. Readers will be entertained by crazy antics, a few scary moments, and the group's efforts to get along in a stressful situation. <BR/><BR/>Although the story is pretty unrealistic, most reluctant readers should find it entertaining and fast-paced. GETTING AIR is a fun summer read or one that will make returning to school next fall a bit more enjoyable. This one is definitely worth adding to your Dan Gutman collection.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    A Great Book

    This book was great I liked how Dan Gutman had the idea to make a survival story. The book is about a team of skateborders who are about to go on an adventure in Californa when their plane gets highjacked and only,Henry,Zimmerman,David,Julia,Arcadia Nd Mrs.Mildred Herschell are left they need to survvie. This is Dan Gutmans best book yet and I dont know why anyone would think differenyly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    A good eye catcher

    Getting Air, Dan Gutman Jimmy-He¿s 12 years old and he loves to skateboard with his friends. Henry-He is a funny kid and is Jimmy¿s friend. David- He is a brave friend that also loves to skateboard. Julia- She is a girl scout and also Jimmy¿s sister. Arcadia-She is the flight attendant that is on the friends¿ plane. Mrs. Hershel-She is a old lady that was going to a knitting convention. Jimmy Zimmerman is dreaming that he is a pro skateboarder. Jimmy and his friends are on a plane and hijackers take it over. Jimmy and his friends take control of the plane again. The plane crashed in Canada. They set up a campsite to sleep. They make a fire to signal any aircraft over head. They search for water and find dirty water that they can't drink. They use seats and the plane as shelter to sleep in. They find berries to eat but they are not amazing. David comes back and had gotten bit by a snake. They eat the snake that David had already killed. The boys go hunting for food with spears but the girls stay back and catch a rabbit. Then they eat the bunny. All of the boys make a half pipe to skate they use the plane overhead and start to build it. They get rescued and skate their half pipe that they were working on. In middle Canada in a forest. The author is teaching teamwork. I like this story because in every chapter you want to read more.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    As Aa AWsome

    Bestt book ever

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Great book

    This book was awesome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    Jimmy, David, and Henry are off to do what they do best ¿ skateboard. They call themselves the Woodpushers. On a plane headed to California, they hope to skate their way into the money-filled pockets of some big-league sponsors. Along for the ride is Jimmy¿s younger sister, Julia, and a plane full of old ladies headed for a knitting convention. The Woodpushers¿ big plans are dramatically detoured when four terrorists hijack the plane. All of the passengers ban together to overpower the hijackers, but unfortunately the pilot and co-pilot don¿t make it. With no one able to fly the plane, Henry uses the knowledge from his one flying lesson to crash-land the group in the deep woods of Canada. The six survivors include the three skateboarders, sister Julia, one stewardess, and Mrs. Herschel, an 80-year-old knitter. Thanks to the amazing knowledge of Jimmy¿s sister, Julia, the group is able to start a fire and find water and food to survive. Readers will be entertained by crazy antics, a few scary moments, and the group¿s efforts to get along in a stressful situation. Although the story is pretty unrealistic, most reluctant readers should find it entertaining and fast-paced. GETTING AIR is a fun summer read or one that will make returning to school next fall a bit more enjoyable. This one is definitely worth adding to your Dan Gutman collection. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    AWSOME

    Classic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Nedding air ? Needing air?

    This bokk is ggreat rrreeeaaaddd iiittt!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Best book EVER!

    I love this book.i read it in fifth grade and i read it now. love it .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Terrible book

    How the hell did this book get published. First when they are trying to survive they are hanging around skating on the wings of the plain. Also Damn guttmen has written better books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Awesome book

    Getting air is the best book ever its funny when theres a hold up on the plane he does something crazy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Atheism 101

    This is generally a good story about a group of kids that survive a plane crash and spend a few days in the woods. The only issue I had with it is in chapter 8 a full 3 pages are spent on atheism. I felt like the author was pushing his beliefs on my child. I think it was completely unnecessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Swords!!!!!!!###!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Awesomesause :D

    A great short read :))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Awesome book

    It was really fun to read and it kept me reading highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    This book has some ups and downs

    Gutman, you out did yourself. But, I disagree with some of the langage you used. I know kids might not care, but, you parents do. The words for 98% of ths book was good, but two words I disagree. Yes, I know that part is interseting, ( actully my second favorite part :) but those were very strong words so that is why I am only giving four stars. Other than that AMAZING book. Like I said before, you really out did yourself.
    My favorite part was when Mrs. Hershel (she`s 80) does the halfpipe on the airplane.


    I am a kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    I love this book

    This book is my fav book of all time incoulnt put it down until i finnished i highly recomend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Awsome book

    This is the best book i have ever read have to get i laughed so hard i almost fell over you should totaly read it. I hate reading and i never put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Great

    I remember reading this book when I was younger. I just read it again; corny, but still interesting, 'real', and very funny. Great book. Buy it!

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