At seventeen, Robbie McWilliams had enough of waiting to fight the Nazis. His pilot father had been prisoner of war for a few years now, and it was time to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and help end the war. With a great deal of ingenuity and with the support of his friend Chip, he fooled his mother, his boarding school, and the RCAF, and entered training to become a pilot.
It was a tough world for a seventeen year old, but he aced his classes and was chosen to become a navigator, not a pilot. He was sent immediately to England to complete his training on frightening missions. Not only his skills as a navigator were tested….
This fast-paced story for 11 and up is a favorite at our house, even for older teens and their mother. Despite the subject matter, it is upbeat, funny, and encouraging, a hero story that warms one’s heart and leaves one refreshed and motivated.
School teacher/author Eric Walters slips in worthwhile little tidbits about the stupidity of gambling and drinking, about the value of learning and putting in the effort, about courage, bullying, and getting along with people, about loyalty, and, of course, about death.
We recommend Fly Boy as a good read as well as an excellent supplement to Canadian history studies.
This book forms part of our multi-year, literature-based Canadian History course . This review is linked to Finishing Strong , Trivium Tuesdays, Saturday Reviews, Booknificent Thursdays, Literacy Musings Monday, and The Book Nook.
Disclosure: We borrowed this book from the library and I am not compensated for this review.