Flying Solo

Flying Solo

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By (author) Ralph Fletcher

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Paperback | 138 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 188mm x 13mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 10 November 2008
  • ISBN 10: 0547076525
  • ISBN 13: 9780547076522
  • Sales rank: 153,104

Product description

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.

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" Fletcher expertly balances a wide variety of emotions, giving readers a story that is by turns sad, poignant, and funny. . . . " --Booklist, Starred " More thoughtful and poignant than most school stories . . . with comic moments, demonstrates an utter respect for its . . . readers." --The Horn Book Magazine

Back cover copy

Opportunity is knocking at the door of Mr. "Fab" Fabiano's sixth-grade class. Mr. Fab is absent and a substitute never arrives. The class wants to prove that kids rule, so they decide to run the class on their own. Super-smart Karen leads the way in the class routines and most of the kids join in. But for Rachel White, this isn't just any day. Rachel's been silent for six months and communicates by writing notes. Rachel knows today is exactly six months since their classmate Tommy Feathers died. In her own way, Rachel reminds the class about this -- and for the first time, Mr.Fab's students reveal their true and sometimes hurtful thoughts. Where is Mr. Fab's class headed now? The school day isn't over yet. Will they keep flying solo or crash?

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Friday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. Opportunity is knocking at the door of Mr. "Fab" Fabiano's sixth-grade class. Mr. Fab is absent and a substitute never arrives. The class wants to prove that KIDS RULE, so they decide to run the class on their own. Super smart Karen leads the way in the class routines and most of the kids join in. But for Rachel White, this isn't just any other day. Rachel's been silent for six months and communicates by writing notes. Rachel knows today is exactly six months since their classmate Tommy Feathers died. In her own way, Rachel reminds the class about this--and for the first time, Mr. Fab's students reveal their true and sometimes hurtful thoughts. Where is Mr. Fab's class headed now? The school day isn't over yet. Will they keep flying solo or crash?