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December 02, 2016

Girl on a Plane by @miriammossinfo @HMHKids #BookReview

 
Bahrain, 1970.      

After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is flying back to boarding school in England when her plane is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and taken to the Jordanian desert.  

Demands are issued.   

If they are not met, the terrorists will blow up the plane, killing all hostages. The heat becomes unbearable; food and water supplies dwindle.   

All alone, Anna begins to face the possibility that she may never see her family again.    

Inspired by true events in the author’s life, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror with courage and resilience. 

Includes Q&A with the author.  





Miriam Moss was born in England but grew up in Africa, China and the Middle East and now lives in East Sussex with her family. In 1970, on her way back to boarding school in the UK, her plane was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. Girl on a Plane is her story. Visit her website at http://miriammoss.com/



This story starts out like any other. A girl is getting ready to go back to school she is flying out the next morning. She is part of a family that moves around a lot due to her dad being in the military.  The author did an amazing job letting us get to know Anna and her family before her world is turned upside down.  I wasn't very sure about this book when I first started but I found out early on that I wasn't going to be able to put it down. 

This book is all told while Anna and the other passengers are being held hostage on a plane in the desert but the author again does an amazing job working with this environment. I never felt like the book was stagnate when the characters weren't going anywhere. The descriptions of their four days on the plane were vivid and I felt like I was right along with them. 

The flow of this story worked out so well. Each point was made and it unfolded beautifully! This story of survial will touch your heart while ripping it. All of the characters in this story were amazing. But the three main ones Anna, David, and Tim were the best. Anna was such a strong character even though they are in this very high stress situation she only looses her cool a few times but buttons it up and keeps going.  I hope that if my some horrible turn of events that I am ever in a situation like this that I can be like Anna as well.  Tim and David were amazing and I wish that the author would have given us more information on what happened to them after.  I know via the amazing Q and A in the back of the book that in real life she did keep tabs with some of the other passengers but then lost touch. To only reconnect after this book was released. But for the story it would have been an interesting turn of events to know what happened to them. As well as the turtle!! 

Half way through this story I decided to look up the events of the 1970 Dawson's Field hijackings at the time I wasn't even born yet. (that wouldn't happen for another 12 years) And what I found were many pictures and information about what happened.  This is a great story for those who wish to have their children search about history. 

The ending to this one was great. I loved hearing about the future and where Anna was 45 years later and her struggles to put the past in the past. Again I really would have enjoyed learning what was going on with Tim and David as well and YES THE TURTLE!! (I know that turtle would so be gone by then but hey maybe he had grandkids or something! It could happen!)  

This was one story that will keep you thinking about it for a while.  


Book in a Pinch
Girl's plane is hijacked by refugess

 Go Into This One Knowing 
This is a heart pounding story based on the authors real experience with the hijackings of 1970. 











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