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Author: Trent Reedy Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780545530538
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You can't just ask for the chance to fly . . .

FORMAT: UNABRIDGED 6 CDs

When his dad announced they were moving to Iowa, Brian looked forward to making some new friends. But on his first day there, he makes an enemy instead -- Frankie Heller, the meanest kid in town. Brian needs to hang out with someone cool to get back on track. . . .

Alex has always been the coolest guy around, and good with money, just like his dad. But now the family's car dealership is struggling, and he needs to make some cash to keep up appearances. Then an opportunity falls in his lap . . . .

Max is a scientific genius, but his parents are always busy with their own work. Building an actual plane should get their attention -- if only he wasn't scared of heights . . .

The answer to all three boys' dilemmas is Max's secret flyer, and each other. But Frankie and the laws of popularity and physics stand in their way. Can they come together in time to get their plan AND their plane off the ground?
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  • “Young boys will revel in the daring exploits and moan with sympathy at the stories of school and social life. The book is about life, decisions, and trust. While the crazy stunts that are pulled are not for the timid, the message is something that parents would want their child to hear.”

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  • “Plot threads of bullying, a bit of romance, peer pressure, a pigout eating contest and good-old-fashioned ingenuity keep the story moving. Implausibility is sky-high, but the boys’ determination will keep readers going…Part Hardy Boys, part Gary Paulsen, part Skateboard Magazine for Kids.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ramón de Ocampo gives an energetic and compelling performance in this warm and spirited children’s story…De Ocampo’s enthusiasm, clear enunciation, and skillful pacing dramatize the exhilaration of a common goal as Brian and his friends leave behind the pressures of school by escaping into the air in a homemade airplane.”

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  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 1/2/2014

    " Fantastic book for boys who are considered "uncool". Brian, an excellent skateboarder, moves to a new town. On his first day, he makes an enemy. A book about keeping secrets, making friends, and overcoming bullies, this is a true boy book. There is a tiny bit of romance, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 11/12/2013

    " Wow, great story with plenty of conflict and good characters. Great tension as well. Glad to see there are well-rounded MG books for boys out there. Would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/25/2013

    " A lot to like about this book, but I just couldn't get past kids secretly making and flying a plane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/20/2013

    " Brian moves to a new town, makes new friends, deals with a bully, starts a project, helps his dad find financing for his new company before they go bankrupt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Great | 3/12/2013

    " Brian moves to Iowa where he meets Max and Alex. Together the three boys use their talents to build an experimental airplane while also learning about friendship, bullying and making the right decisions. Brian also experiences first love with beautiful Wendy. Reviewer 21 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carson | 1/7/2013

    " Very good book but needs more about the airplane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R | 12/20/2012

    " One of the things I really love about this book is the way every little element added to the story. All the details came together really nicely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 12/17/2012

    " Reedy's writing style just does not gel for me. I find the dialogue cheesy and the characters too one-dimensional. I could see this working for boys into building or flying, but it does read very young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlou | 8/1/2012

    " The new boy, Brain, in Riverside, Iowa, gets on the wrong side of the skateboard king and feels his wrath. He does make friends with the nerdy boy and the coolest guy and they build an airplane together. (Some of you will get the Riverside, Iowa and, yes, it does come up.) It's really an OK read. "

About the Author

Trent Reedy is the author of several novels, including Words in the Dust, which received a Christopher Award and was also an Al Roker’s Book Club pick on NBC’s Today show.

About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, was a co-winner in 2018 of the Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.