Skyjacked by Paul Griffin. Scholastic, 2019. 9781338047417
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Five kids are on a private plane flying from Idaho back to the New York City area. Shortly into their flight, the plane starts to fly in the wrong direction at a very high altitude, and the kids and their chaperone know something is very wrong. They become more concerned when the usually voluble pilot will not communicate from the cockpit. Someone has hijacked the plane. This adrenaline pumping story is told in alternating chapters by the different kids, and also by an intern at the National Air Traffic Control Center who monitors plane flights. I like how each kid is given a voice, so there’s tension built from the different perspectives. You know someone on board is guilty, but who?! One of the kids? The pilot? The co-pilot? The chaperone? It’s not clear until later in the book, and then there’s the risk of death because the plane is barreling towards an unknown destination. A cast of characters at the beginning makes it easy to keep track of who’s who and who they know.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For readers of adventure/suspense who like a contemporary, realistic setting, such as in Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet series. It’s a quick and easy read that may also appeal to reluctant readers. Since there are several murders, I would offer this to ages 12 and up.
Who should buy this book? Middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: September 25, 2019