Dan Gutman’s novel Getting Air is unique in that it combines skate boarding with a plane crash. On the way to a skate boarding competition the main character, his sister, and two friends survive a plane crash along with a young flight attendant and an elderly woman. Circumstances have left their plane untraceable. As they work together to survive, the main character gains new insights about himself, his sister, and his friends, as well as getting to know the flight attendant and elderly woman. It seems the book would be intense and serious, but the author manages to infuse humor through the narration of the main character. He also cleverly weaves the skate board theme throughout the story. This book is high interest and an easy read. The fact that Getting Air was a contender for last year’s Iowa Children’s Choice Award gives you an idea of its appeal.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.