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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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!