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Flying Solo

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,478 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
Friday, April 28, 9:00 a.m.

Opportunity is knocking at the door of Mr. "Fab" Fabiano's sixth-grade class. Mr. Fab is absent and a substitute never arrives. The class wants to prove that KIDS RULE, so they decide to run the class on their own. Super smart Karen leads the way in the class routines and most of the kids join in. But for Rachel White, this isn't just any other d
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 11th 2000 by Yearling (first published 1998)
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Sep 01, 2009 Dramane rated it it was amazing
This book is about a couple of classroom room kids, their teacher is not there. There supose to have a substitute teacher and they do not show up. So they have a class all to themselves. What they do is try to run the class themselves. They also think about some other things that happened in the past.

Well i can sort of connect to this because i had substitute teachers before and sometimes they went out the class and did not show up for a while. So i tried to run things. It didnt work but it w
Sep 20, 2011 Chelsea rated it liked it
I recomend this book for everyone this book is really emotional and exiting this book teaches you about freindship and how to really savor your memories and think about them beacause they are not going to be there forever.I learned that you might have something to love but you only love it or realize it once you have to move away or give it away because you know that it's not going to be there for the rest of your life.This compares to me because this is my last year in fith grade in my school a ...more
Madeline Carino
Mar 31, 2016 Madeline Carino rated it really liked it
It was a super book to read!
Dec 07, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it
Ralph Fletcher, author of Flying Solo is an author I greatly admire, in all the genres in which he writes: non-fiction (A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer within You, How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You, Live Writing); poetry (Relatively Speaking, A Writing Kind Of Day: Poems for Young Poets) and fiction (Spider Boy and, of course, Flying Solo).

Reading Flying Solo was a very satisfying experience-Fletcher manages to work in some of his favorite ideas about the hows and
Changjun Kim
May 15, 2016 Changjun Kim rated it really liked it
I really liked this book cause it was realistic. I thought that's what typical kids would have done but most of all I liked how all the characters grew in the story. I feel like all the characters grew a lot more responsible. Especially Rachel, Sebastian and Karen. They matured more and they started to think more. For example Sebastian changed his mind about taking his dog to Hawaii and Rachel started talking. Karen became a real leader. I think that they did great with a teacher not there if th ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
My seven-year old read this book, then came into my room, handed it to me and said, "Mom, you should read this. I think you would like it." Well, he was right. Well written, engaging story and deep characters (for a children's book). Honestly, I think some of the character lessons probably went over my almost-second-grader's head, but I sure saw them. So many of the characters were dealing with deeply personal issues that no one else saw. It is such a great lesson in being kind because you don't ...more
Damian Millas
Mar 07, 2016 Damian Millas rated it really liked it
I read this in my 6th grade class with a small group of students. It was pretty good! The entire story takes place in one day, which is cool because the chapters follow the time of day as the story unfolds. A class of students is left to fend for themselves without a teacher or substitute. Will they be able to make it the whole day in school without adult supervision?
Jun 19, 2016 BOBBI JO CARTER rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book but definitely not the Worst!

For me it was great because I'm still in grade school!
I don't think it is a good book for high school students but if you are in grade school still I highly recommend it!
Mallory Beckler
Mar 05, 2013 Mallory Beckler rated it really liked it
This book always kept me wanting to read more. There was always something happening that made you want to find out what happened next. I also liked how it jumped from person to person each chapter. So you could see different peoples points of view. There are some parts that almost made me cry or laugh out loud. I read this book before and I liked it so much that I read it again. I love how the students in this book are doing everything they are supposed to. I mean I usually do the things we are ...more
May 15, 2016 Emmie rated it really liked it
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Dec 15, 2015 ykim22 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is really fun because students are staying in the classroom without teacher. Well, advisory teacher didn't come to school today and even there is no substitute.
Flying Solo
By: Ralph Fletcher
Katrina Canlas
Have you ever heard of the students running the class? Rachel, Bastian, Jessica, Sean, and Karen are the main characters and the students are other characters in the book. Karen mostly runs the class. The others mostly talks about their life. It takes place at the houses of some students and a normal school/classroom is the the main setting. The conflict of the story is that the teacher, Mr.Fabiano, is sick and when he calls the office, the note
Sep 21, 2015 Abra rated it really liked it
A student lent me her copy of this book today. It's a nice piece of young adult fiction -- sort of a slightly older kids' version of the picture book classic about a teacher who comes into her own class AS an evil substitute, to stop her students from taking her for granted. That's Miss Nelson is Missing or something like that title. This book isn't really like that -- a beloved teacher is out absent and left lesson plans, routines, and an arranged sub. That sub calls in sick herself, and the me ...more
Holly Ristau
Nov 19, 2014 Holly Ristau rated it liked it
This book is about a sixth grade who has a teacher that makes them write all the time. When a substitute teacher doesn't show up, the students run their class for a day. There are good things about the book and some things that don't work as well. I'll start with those.

It's a very short book. I read it after school one day. A whole class is involved, so the writer has to introduce lots of characters fast, and you have to try to remember who is who long before they have become district enough to
Apr 24, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-warming story. Flying Solo is a children's book that addresses issues of maturity, but does so in a way that is acceptable for young readers. In this book students end up left to their own plans when they do not have a teacher because of some remarkable twists of fate. These students learn that life is hard and is full of both big and little decisions. These decisions range from how you treat someone in your class to not being supervised by adults. They learn that they have to learn to l ...more
Quentin Borremans
Oct 06, 2014 Quentin Borremans rated it really liked it
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Dec 13, 2015 Katlynn rated it really liked it
I think this book was very interesting for me to read because the story was about a classroom running without having a teacher. Their homeroom teachers contact to the school that she couldn't come, so the school sent a substitute, but the substitue teacher couldn't also come, so the other teacher contacted to the school again, but school didn't got the fact that there was no teacher for this classroom today. In classroom, there were all kinds of students; a girl who didn't talk, boys who teased ...more
Adam Nielson
Mar 21, 2015 Adam Nielson rated it really liked it
Have you ever had a sub fail to show up?
That is the plot of Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher.
In it students Rachel, Bastion, Christopher, Tim, John, Rhonda, Sky, and a few others have to cope with this problem.
Rachel can't talk without writing since the death of a boy that liked her 6 months earlier.
I liked this book more than a book I read earlier called Eggs, because in Eggs the character was superstitious about his mom's death.
In this book I liked how the characters' beliefs differed.
For example
Apr 07, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-book
I actually really enjoyed this book. The girl, Rachel, who didn't talk through the whole book reminded me of a little boy who didn't speak in one of my classes until the last week I was there. I loved at the end when she decided to finally speak. It brought back the memories of the class swarming the little boy in my class once they heard him talk. I also liked what the whole book was about. I can only imagine what would happen if a whole class was left by themselves for a whole day, but then I ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Anishkajoab rated it it was ok
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Dean Deters
Flying Solo
this book is about kids whos teacher sends a sub. But the sub wakes up and dosn't feel good. So she called in and called the wrong place and never came to teach the sixth grade.

The main place is the classroom.In the morning.A glassroom so kids can learn

character trait
Rachel is caring.There was a boy who liked her. but one day he died in his sleep.When she heard she stopped talking until the end of the book.

most important event
Teachin the class by them selves is
May 17, 2016 Jinwoo rated it it was amazing
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Feb 10, 2015 Shin rated it really liked it
Flying Solo
Ralph Fletcher

Mr.Fabiano was sick so his class was suppose to get sub teacher on Friday, but sub teacher was also sick that day. So their classmates decided to run class themselves. But they got in trouble at classroom. Also when Mr.Fabiano came back to school on Monday, they had to write a letter to him about what happened on Friday.

I think this book is exciting, because if you read this book, I think you can't stop reading.The part I thought very exciting is"We don't have have o
Mel Mel
Oct 31, 2009 Mel Mel rated it it was amazing
these kids reall can manage a class.
So that just proves everyone can.
But at the end of the school day they get busted.
Jan 26, 2016 VY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I wanted to read this book for years before I actually picked it up and started going through the pages. As a teacher, I found the concept extremely engaging: what would a class of 6th Graders do if they didn't have a teacher for a day? I found the contents surprising, and was impressed with the depth of which Ralph Fletcher developed his characters. The whole book basically spans the course of the day, and what Mr. Fabino's students get up to without adult supervision. Before, during, and after ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Faris rated it liked it
This book is about how a class of students try to survive a day in school without a teacher. The students in this particular class use clever ways to trick other teachers into thinking that they have a teacher with them. Like when they went to music class they were trying to show the music teacher that there is a teacher by trying to stand in a straight line. This book also introduces characters that have a lot sad memories for example there is a girl named Rachel who wouldn't speak since a boy ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Kfunk rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book about the kids not having a sub or a teacher and how they navigate through the school day. The kids in my classroom are always interested in this book because they want to find out what would happen if this was the scenario. However when they switch speakers/narrators throughout the chapters it can get confusing for some readers. It does take a lot of character mapping and showing how each character develops. This has to be done as a whole group in the beginning to gi ...more
Sasha Sadaka
Apr 21, 2014 Sasha Sadaka rated it really liked it
Have you ever had a problem that made you feel like it was the end of the world. Flying Solo really changed my perspective of life, knowing that other people's problems were a bit more severe and scary then mine, gave me a bit of hope and helped me solve my own so called problems. Another thing that this book has helped me conquer, was judging people, whether it's how they look or how they act, reading/feeling/knowing what the characters did before going to school in a way made me bias to their ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Acgisme rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I almost cried at multiple points in the book. It's a quick read, but Ralph Fletcher really makes his characters come alive. I do wish that you had more points of view from Karen, or other minor characters, but I love the book. I recommend it for everyone!

The character Rachel, who talks in notes, is extremely well written. You can feel her angst about bullying Tommy. Also, you know that she feels pain about her parents' divorce, but its not the central point of the book, or
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
Imagine you are in 6th grade. Your teacher is gone and a sub is coming. The school bell rings and there is no sub. The class takes attendance and still no sub. What do you do? Karen, a natural leader in the class, goes down to the office and DOES NOTHING. Yahoo. Free day. Right? Well…not exactly. Told from the point of view of Fletcher (not the author-it’s the main characters name), discover how a class handles the disappearance of their teacher and sub. Tension mounts as they try to hold class ...more
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Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers a ...more
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