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Unaccompanied Minor



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About The Book

Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April's mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally, living on airplanes, using her mother's flight benefits, relying on the flight crews who know she's been shuttling between divorcing parents for a year. Then, there's a hijacking, but why is April's "dad" on board? April flees to the cargo hold with another unaccompanied minor she's met before, and they fight to thwart the hijackers, faking a fire, making weapons from things they find in luggage. At last, locked in the cockpit with a wounded police officer, the boy, and his service dog, April tries to remember everything her parents said to do in a crisis above the clouds. But she knows it won't be enough.

About The Author

Hollis Gillespie is a humor columnist, writer and comedian based in Atlanta, Georgia. She wrote for Atlanta's Creative Loafing weekly for eight years until October 2008.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2014)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781440567735
  • Ages: 14 - 18

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Raves and Reviews

"April is a fantastic narrator ... a fun read that combines believable characters and an outrageous situation." - Booklist

"A laugh-out-loud thriller about family court, money laundering and skyjacking.... Former flight attendant Gillespie's insider knowledge infuses April's account with confident authority. Her impeccable comic timing...will leave stitches. A high-sky winner all the way from coast to coast." - Kirkus Reviews

"Unaccompanied Minor manages to incorporate elements of comedy, adventure, and thriller into an action-packed story. Hollis Gillespie had a snarky, dry wit...I found myself rapt. Read this one for fun, for laughs, and for a lot of in-depth information about how airlines work that somehow comes across as fascinating rather than dull." Young Adult Books

"Meet of my FAVORITE young adult main characters to date. Simply unforgettable, and the laughable-but-believable way the climax of this story takes place will keep you on the edge of your seat.... Pick this up for a great read." --YA Books Central (5 Star Review)

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