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Flying Ace: Jack Fairfax, Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1918 (My Story: Boys)
by Jim Eldridge
Jack Fairfax is the 19-year old second son of Lord and Lady Fairfax. The Fairfaxes are steeped in the military tradition, and don't approve of Jack's volunteering for the Royal Flying Corps. New-fangled flying machines are nothing to do with 'proper' warfare. Nevertheless, Jack takes to the skies in his Bleriot plane, and faces the skills of the German ace pilots over the ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 14th 2003 by Scholastic
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Apr 15, 2013 Gwen Stacy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Avid History Fans, Historical Fiction Readers
Recommended to Gwen Stacy by: Librarian
Flying Ace was a good read. I love historical fiction, so it might be a little biased. Flying Ace is about rule-breaker Jack Fairfax. Jack is one of those people who have that perfect siblings, which in this case, happens to be Oswald, his brother. Oswald joins the "family tradition" regiment while Jack is in school. Skip a few years and you'll find Jack is leaving school and joining up with best buddy, Alan Dixon. Skip another few chapters and you'll find the action. Here's the part that I foun ...more
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Jim Eldridge is the author of many books for children, including titles in the My Story series, the Warpath books, and How to Handle Grown-Ups. He has had 250 TV scripts broadcast in the UK and internationally for children's and teen television, and is also the creator and writer of Radio 4's long-running comedy-drama series, King Street Junior.More about Jim Eldridge...