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Getting Air

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  329 ratings  ·  81 reviews
They can rule the half-pipe, but can they survive this?

Jimmy, David, and Henry are psyched. It's summer, school's out, and they are on their way to California, where they will be able to do some major skating. But on the plane, the unthinkable happens: They are hijacked by terrorists. As frightened as they may be, they take action and they succeed. Sort of. They may have...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Omar
What I learned from this book was that some skateboarders get in a plane to get to the skateboard competitions in florida alone without asking their parents because they did not let them go by them selfs. The four kids and the other passengers where very terrified about the news. The plane was being hijacked!!


What I learned in this book was that never go anywhere without permission of your parents because you never know something terrible might happen. I also learned that to listen to yout paren...more
Deborah
Skip it!! Completely unbelievable plot and characters. How could an 80 year old woman possible be thrown out of a crashing airplane, get up and walk over a kilometer, meet up with a group of kids, then walk back to where her part of the plane crashed, pick up luggage and walk back where they decided to camp. Would an 80 year old woman, a young preteen girl, a twenty something beauty, and a group of young teen boys all take off their clothes and dance around in the rain??? And the only jerks in t...more
Nick Voth
Getting Air was a good book, but was overall a cheesy story. It had some good moments, but it was akward.

Without giving to much away, this book is about jason, his little sister, and his 3 other friends who crash land on a plane in the forest. They must learn to survive and wait to get rescued. When I said it was cheesy I wasn't kidding. The dialouge is short and akward. The worst thing is that only Jason, his sister, and his freinds survive on the plane that carried over 200 people.

Overall thi...more
Cole
This book was awesome jimmy and his friends are on this plane and it get hijacked and they try to save the plane before it crashes
Dawson
this is a good book. I have read it twice and it still gives me tingles. must read!!
Dreamergirl
First, I want to say that I loved the writing here. Simply beautiful. Second, the action was rapid, fast going, interesting and with great description. Anyone who says that some parts weren't realistic is simply stupid, this is a book about kids defeating terrorists, plane crashes and than the boys left alone in the middle of nowhere in a forest, and surviving. Of course it's not realistic, it wasn't meant to be! It starts out like a normal story, about a few teen boys on a plane flight to do so...more
Danielk014
So this boy and sister and his friends like skateboarding but not his sister she just came with her brother. So they are on a plane. An while they are on a plane they cross a big problem Hijackers but after they solve that problem with a little help from some old ladies an a young women another problem occurred that the hijackers killed the pilot so there plane crashed. So they had to survive a couple of days alone. During does days they had to work together as a team to make a shelter and get...more
Tami
I had high expectations for this book since it is written by one of my favorite children’s authors, Dan Gutman. Unfortunately this particular book did not live up to the quality to which I have become accustomed in Mr. Gutman’s work.

It is a run-of-the-mill survival story. Four kids are traveling cross country on a plane, heading for the X games in California. Avid skateboarders, they are hoping to find a company to sponsor them. Their plane is highjacked by terrorists a la 9/11. The kids overpow...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Jimmy, David, and Henry are off to do what they do best - skateboard. They call themselves the Woodpushers.

On a plane headed to California, they hope to skate their way into the money-filled pockets of some big-league sponsors. Along for the ride is Jimmy's younger sister, Julia, and a plane full of old ladies headed for a knitting convention.

The Woodpushers' big plans are dramatically detoured when four terrorists hijack the pla...more
Joey(small bob the kitten) H
Title: getting air
author: Dan Gutman
lexile: 660
Star rating: 2 out of 5

I think personally this is an ok written book. Its about 3 kids, a flight attendant, and an old lady stranded in the middle of no were after a plane crash. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars because for a survival book, it really isn't a great one. They're lives are never really in that much danger, and they do things that a normal person would have never been able to do, like starting a fire with 2 sticks. And then after only what...more
Jc88313
This article makes me feel that Dan Gutman's writing style is similiar to Gary Paulsen's. They both write about many concise and entertaining novels about different topics. As seen in this book, Dan Gutman wrote in a casual and simple first person narrative, yet he addresses many controversial topics, such as terrorism and survival, by including unique and urban-centered characters and ideas. One example is when the survivors try to make fire. "'I saw this in a movie once,' he said. 'somebody ge...more
Liz
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the dynamics between the three boys who skateboarded together and the sister of one of the boys. I also loved the addition of 80 year old knitter and the flight attendant. While I admit we girls who read are always smarter than our brothers :), this is getting to be a little cliched in many books. With everything this young girl did, I cannot believe she does not also skateboard and outshine her brother!

Four kids on the way to the X-games find themselves on...more
Charles
the main character in tis book is a boy named David Zimmerman. The conflict is him and his friends are on a plane and our getting hijacked by terrorist. They fight there way free but don't know how to land the plane. So his friend henry crashes it into the forest but only six people survive. Now the in a struggle to find food shelter and mostly stay away from predators.



I liked Getting air because it was a great book about six kids taking on there instincts to help others in need. This book caugh...more
Brandi Rae
Jimmy, David and Henry are three kids with big plans for the summer. Skateboarding has been their lives since the third grade, and the trio (along with Jimmy’s little sister Julia) are psyched to be on their way to California to not only watch the X-Games but to hopefully find a sponsor for their skateboard team. Their big plans are brought to grinding halt though when terrorists try to take over their airplane.

Suddenly the group, joined by a flight attendant and a group of elderly women brandi...more
Emyrose8
Wow, this book surprised me. I read it because it was a Maude Hart Lovelace nominee and my 4th graders said it was the one they would vote for. Based on the cover and the description, I wasn't too excited to read the book, but once I got started, I couldn't put it down!

The story takes off with four middle school boys and a little sister who are traveling to see the x Games (the boys love skateboarding). The majority of the passengers are elderly ladies on their way to a knitting convention. The...more
Linnae
Jimmy and his two skateboarding friends are on their way to big event in L.A., when their plane is hijacked by terrorists. Their vacation plans go down with the plane somewhere in a big forest, and the only survivors are them, Jimmy's little sister, a flight attendant, and a feisty old lady. Somehow they will have to surive until they are rescued.

Good combination of the skater's world with a survival story. Quick resolutions to problems, lots of action and dialogue. Even with the adult survivors...more
Christine
I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this book as much as I did. The premise is absolutely ridiculous - a group of skating friends, an old lady, and a flight attendant are the sole survivors of a plane crash and must fight for their lives in the wilderness of Canada, Hatchet-style. The plane crash was caused my terrorists ala War on Terror. It can't get much more bizarre than that.

The prose is rather lively and interesting, and the novel moves at quite a fast clip. Getting Air almost doesn't...more
Parker
Jimmy Zimmerman and his friends are a bunch of skateboarders going to Callifornia. When there plane gets hijacked and have to try to take over the plane to save there lives. Then Jimmy runs into action and knocks out a hijacker and takes the plane over. When there plane crashs Jimmy went to find the survivors. The only surrviors to find are Jimmys friends Henry and David his sister Julia a flight attendent called Arcadia and a old lady. They have to survive until there rescued, its a good advene...more
Lisa
Fascinating story. Of course some of it is rather unrealistic, but when you're reading a story or watching a movie you need to suspend your sense of reality. If you can't do that I'd say stick to nonfiction. I had no problem doing that for this book the adventure of 3 boys, a smarty pants little sister, and a group of old knitting ladies goes through was awesome. It sort of reminded me of a really good children's movie, like Despicable Me :) I would highly recommend this book to any kid who love...more
Debra Lowman
This is a 2012/2013 Iowa Children's Choice Award selection. A little bit Hatchet, a little bit Lord of the Flies, it is a book about four children headed to X games who get hijacked and wind up stranded in the wilderness trying to survive. Dan Gutman is a solid writer and one of my favorite children's writers. This one lacks the depth of his usual writing but will still engage even reluctant readers with the action and sprinkled humor and would be a great segway book to introduce his other works...more
Kyle
A pale imitation of "Hatchet" and "Lord of the Flies," which contains none of the psychological complexities of those two books. The premise is unrealistic (a group of kids and grannies overpowering terrorist hijackers on a plane? I hardly think so.) and the characters are flat and unmemorable. And the main wilderness survival tool utilized in the plot? A skateboard. Yes, a skateboard. I can see how this would be an entertaining read for some grade-schoolers, but this is most definitely not a cl...more
Julie
If the plot of Hatchet had been initiated by terrorist action, this might be that book. :-)

I'll recommend this one for reluctant readers - it has a bit of everything. There is skateboarding, terrorism, survival, adventure - it's all there. There isn't any bad language or situations to make it inappropriate.

Reading level is fairly low, chapters aren't too long for those kids tough to convince to read.
mg
I will generously give this 2 stars because I recognize what it is : a high-low book for middle grade readers. However, there were so many horrible, cliche, unbelievable things wrong with this "realistic fiction" survival novel that I couldn't help but guffaw at its ridiculousness. Best thing I can say about it is that it's a super-fast read.

Maybe the target audience might find it interesting? Maybe.
Marcia
Aug 07, 2009 Marcia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: reluctant readers, skateboarders, adventure, survival
Shelves: grades-4-6
A predictable yet humorous survival story that plays off of Hatchet. This group of survivors rely on their skateboards and skills learned in Girl Scouts to get by. Three skateboarding boys, a sister, an 80-year old woman on her way to a knitting convention and a beautiful stewardess round out the group who survive a terrorist attack on their flight. Fast moving, it will appeal to reluctant readers.
Nichole
Can't understand why a book, written for youth, is about a plane that is hijacked and crashes with most everyone on the plane dying. But, hey, I am just a mom - what do I know? On the reading rivalry list for my son's school and since I am a coach, I had to read it. I did end up enjoying it and wanting to see what happens and it is fun reading the same book as my 4th grader so all is well in the end.
Ben
Dec 20, 2011 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: IR: 10-13 Boys and Girls
Recommended to Ben by: Maud Hart Lovelace
This Hatchetesque book is entertaining and quick. Taken hostage on a flight, three friends and a sister refuse to sit by while terrorists crash the plane. After defeating the terrorists, the boys crash-land the plane. The only survivors are the three boys, the sister, a flight attendant, and an eighty-year-old woman. These survivors must work together to survive until their own rescue.
Ms. B
Hijacking, the existence of God, and 13 year old boys in dresses are all found in this homage to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Fans of the original Hatchet series, Gordon Korman's Dive, Everest or Island series and/or My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George or those who like the Survivorman or Man vs Wild TV series will enjoy this fast paced survival story.
Renee
I was excited by the cover since I have a few students who really like skateboarding and eat up the non-fiction books. Don't buy/read this book! The plot is totally ridiculous and stupid (4 boys manage to defeat 4 terrorists on their flight, then fly the plane, survive in the Canadian wilderness and turn their only shelter into a skateboarding ramp!!!)
Derick
I enjoyed this book very much,I had learnt a lot survival skills in it. But I think the first part of the story(hijack)is quite ridiculous, how could a person bring weapons on the plane easily?If the fact is really like what it had written in the book,then hijacking will happen very often and no one is going to take airplane anymore.
Andy
Sep 01, 2010 Andy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 1-star
Generic characters (3 boys who like skateboarding + one little sister) prevail over terrorists (they kill the would be hijackers with the help of an elderly woman and her knitting needles), but must survive their subsequent plane crash in the forest. Oddly funny and definitely dumb.
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