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Unaccompanied Minor

(April Mae Manning #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April's mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally, living on airplanes, using her mother's flight benefits, relying on the flight crews who know she' ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Simon Pulse (first published November 18th 2013)
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This was a fun little surprise. I had never heard of Unaccompanied Minor before. I just happened to come across it while browsing my library shelves and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did because this was a lot of fun.
April Mae Manning is a trip. I guess you'd call her a precocious teen. She's independent, resourceful, a survivalist, and just a tad bit crazy. She never shuts up, can talk a mile a minute. I was very entertained by her.
When the book first starts, she's giving an interview to
Initial Thoughts: This book had me laughing my head off. April is one heck of a protagonist. She's 15, the daughter of airline employees, the granddaughter of airline employees, and she knows how to navigate airports and the non-rev system well. April is remarkably resourceful - her love of MacGyver combined with her knowledge of airline procedures makes her one of the more interesting characters I've encountered this year.

Christal and I discuss this book for the Jumble Your Genres Challenge –
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would give this book a *3.5* I was a goodreads first reads winner of the book "Unaccompanied Minor" The narrator of this book is April a girl who just turned 15 years old when the majority of this story takes place. April is a child of divorce, her father a pilot died when she was five. her mother a flight-attendant remarries another pilot. they divorce and now April is sent back and forth by plane to visit her mother and step-father. she is a bright young lady who loves the 1980s tv show "Mac ...more
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
AH and I reviewed this book for the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge. See this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews!

I enjoyed Unaccompanied Minor, but I did have some issues with it. I don't have that personal connection to the airline industry and, while I enjoyed the parts where April would share insider information, I just had a hard time believing this fifteen year old girl would know so much about seemingly everything and that it would be so easy for her to basically live ei
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: this-is-thriller
I feel generous rating this four stars, since it's more like a low 3.5 than a high one, I think, but two factors swayed me:

1. The book manages an absolutely zany level of complexity without letting up on the action.

2. The book MORE THAN ONCE made me think I was on an airplane while I was actually riding a bus.

Also, I was initially going to knock points off for the fact that April's statement to the agents questioning her is so unbelievably long and rambling, but that is actually kind of explaine
Debbie Narh

This book is just annoying. April Manning is a Nancy Drew like character, only worse because she's boring and unrealistic. 

You know those kids that you have to babysit, the ones that just never shut up even if they're right about something? That kid is April, and for the life of me, I could not stop picturing her as a seven year old tugging on my arm. I get it, you have a plan, and you're smart. Shut up. Like I said above, there is a lot of forced humour. And I'm not over exaggerating. There
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book however my complaints were that it jumped around without really good explanation. For example when April was kidnapped, there was no clues given as to the reason behind the kidnapping. Of course it was revealed the reason why later in the book but it was like it was a big secret as to why. Which kind of drove me crazy. I wanted answers but just got questions and more questions as the story went on because nothing was revealed until the end. There was not enough structure. The s ...more
An absolutely riveting story of April Manning, who lives her life flying from Atlanta to Los Angeles to accommodate her divorced mother and stepfather. April is being interrogated by several members of law enforcement regarding her part in the bombing of an airplane.

April is a whip-smart fast-talker who is trying to expose her stepfather and his girlfriend of gross misrepresentation and borderline child abuse. She is completely relatable as a narrator and protagonist. She keeps up with current
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Recommender is on a roll! I love being surprised by books that I know nothing about before starting them. I stay away from other reviews and synopsis-es so nothing influences my reading, and from the very first sentence...Hollis Gillespie's "Unaccompanied Minor" had my attention and my heart! I ADORED April Mae Manning, one of the best and most resourceful 15 year old narrators you will ever come across. Sh
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read. I reluctantly give 4 stars because it is above average but closer to 3.5 for stylistic and some beyond the realm of believable events. Anyway, the heroine, April, is 15, and a child with a dead father and an unbelievably wicked stepfather who is divorced from April's Mom but retaining custody of April. Her mother is an airline hostess but was not present in the majority of the novel due to being in a hospital for mental illness. The gist of the story is that wicked stepdad tries to g ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down. Hilarious and thrilling from the first page. April Mae Manning uses dead bodies, inflatable rafts, luggage items and anything else she can get her hands on to foil hijackers on her plane. AND she dishes FASCINATING insider knowledge about airplane travel. Her list of "10 Best Ways to Survive a Plane Wreck" should be included on the backs of those safety cards in the seat pockets! And April, though hysterical, is not even the funniest character, the funniest character is a c ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book, it was a quick read and it kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through. April is hilarious, even if she is a bit of a snarky know-it-all (I can honestly say I learned a lot of interesting random facts from her), and all of her companions throughout the book are likable and just as fun to read about. Unaccompanied Minor even surprised me at some points, which books rarely do for me anymore. I can usually guess exactly what is going to happen because so many of them are p ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story!

I started this book months after I downloaded it because I didn’t know if it would be any good and other books published by known authors I follow kept coming out. I love these characters and the description of life as an airline flight attendant taught me a lot. Action is continuous and it’s tied together brilliantly at the end. If you’ve never read this author, I highly recommend starting with this one. I never give a five star rating but this one deserves it.
Michael Angel
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unaccompanied Minor

If this story were not completely fictional, I might be more nervous about the world around me. Buckle up for a non-stop, full-speed novel that unapologetically attacks the credibility of step parents, lawyers, most adults in general, the FBI, the National Transportation Safety Board, law enforcement in general, the family court system, courts in general, banks, inmate-operated animal training programs, airline pilots, flight attendant training and work practices, rules for a
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-12
This book is about a young girl who is surrounded by not the ideal of life. Her father passed away and she does not like her mother's new husband. Because of her parent's occupation, she travels a lot by plane; and in fact, begins to live on planes. She becomes very acquainted with the ins and outs of planes. She must be brave and go to the rescue of a hijacking.

This was a good and intriguing book. I was interested to see what would happen next. It was filled with action. It was hard to follow
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was hilarious. Poor teen April is living in airports because of a custody battle, and winds up on a flight with friends and enemies and a bomb. Although totally unrealistic, it was a hoot. Reminded me a little bit of this author's books Fun & Games. ...more
Janice Gard
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I purchased this book to fulfill a reading challenge - a story that takes place on a boat, train, or airplane. Although not something I would normally have chosen, it was an enjoyable read.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
UNACCOMPANIED MINOR was such an unexpected read. April Manning has been shipped back and forth from one side of the country to the other during her parents very bitter divorce. It's become such an whirlwind mishap after mishap that she has to go on the run, living at the airport. Her mother is a flight attendant and has learned everything there is to know about the airline life. She can handle anything, that is until the plane she happens to be on is hijacked and it becomes apparent that it's up ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Unaccompanied Minor - April Mae Manning Book 1
Author: Hollis Gillespie
Published: 1-18-2014
Publisher: F&W/Adams Media
Pages: 256
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
Sub Genre: Fiction; Suspense
ISBN: 9781440567735
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Stars


I received a copy of Unaccompanied Minor - April Mae Manning from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Fourteen-year-old April Ma
Audrey Wilkerson
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Airlines, airports and airplanes are in April Mae Manning's DNA. Her grandfather was an engineer who liked to get his hands dirty; her grandmother, mother and father all enjoyed the traveling life of flight attendants. April knows everything there is to know about life on board, as she has traveled more miles than many a professional. She's helped her mom's co-workers study for their various exams, so she has digested everything about the different types of planes, what to do in case of an emerg ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

In Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie, April Mae Manning practically breathes the airline industry. With April’s grandfather a former founder, CEO, and mechanic of a airline giant, her mother a flight attendant, her aunt a flight attendant, her father a pilot, and her stepfather a pilot: April is practically a flight attendant herself and idolizes her mother’s flight protocol handbook, knowing just about line by memory and priding herself on it. Not to mention that she is also exte
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: protag-female, ya
I did find Unaccompanied Minor amusing, but I think it had a lot of problems in terms of pace and plotting.

Unaccompanied Minor is a short, YA adventure novel about a fourteen year old girl who comes from a long legacy of airline employees. When her mom’s in a psychiatric hospital and someone tries to kidnap her from her stepfather’s apartment, fourteen year old April Manning survives by living in airport lounges and passing as a flight attendant. Then, she happens to be on a plan when it gets un
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great tall tale in the American tradition. Loved having a smart snarky female protagonist and a slew of other quirky characters. I stayed up late reading wondering what was going to happen next! It was hard to tell where the book was going with its twists and turns and bad guys showing up.

The random facts about airline rules and past accidents added interest especially if you are the kind of person that buys the Worst Case Scenario books. I'll definitely remember this book when I'm on an airp
{My Thoughts} – April Manning is a teenage girl that at the beginning of the book doesn’t appear to have a care in the world. When you are first introduced to her she is on an airplane sitting next to her friend Malcolm discussing airplane crash trivia. I have to admit if I were on an airplane, that is probably the last thing that I would want to be discussing with anyone. Malcolm also has in his lap and emotional support animal, his best friend a little lapdog that means the world to him and ha ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
April, our fearless protagonist. Descended from a long line of airline workers, most recently her mother (off-scene in the book), her father (long since deceased), and her despised stepfather. At 14, April has spent much of her life on planes, and studying planes, and preparing to be a flight attendant as soon as she is legally able. She's smart. She's independent. She's deeply, deeply irritating.

She's also on the run, and it's going to take all her resources to free herself after a kidnapping,
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-teen, netgalley
*I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unaccompanied Minor is one wild ride up in the sky, with some turbulence to be expected. Told through the transcript of April's conversations with the authorities, she narrates her outlandish adventure bringing hijackers to justice.

For the past year, April Mae Manning has been shuttled from coast to coast as per terms of the divorce agreement. When her mother is committed to a psychiatric ins
Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult, 2014
3.5 stars. "Unaccompanied Minor" is the story of April, a 15 year old girl, who has been semi-neglected by her mother and her psychotic stepfather. She's a runaway that ends up getting up in a chain of events that may end with a plane crashing. This is a fun story told in a very original voice!

April was a really interesting character and I really liked that she was the one narrating the story. Not only do you get a front row seat to the story but you also get a really bright and funny voice in A
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
'Unaccompanied Minor' is the story of April Mae Manning, as told to the authorities after the plane she was on (which also had a bomb on it) gets hijacked. We learn that April is currently caught in the cross hairs of a custody war between her mother and her step-father (who adopted her). Her mother is a flight attendant and her step-father is a pilot, and April spends the majority of her time on an airplane travelling back and forth between her mother on the East Coast and her step-father on th ...more
Margo Kelly
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
LOVED IT. I really loved it.

One of my favorite things about books published by Merit Press is that they are not your typical YA. Every book I've read from them has had some sort of unique factor to it. And UNACCOMPANIED MINOR is no exception! It was a breath of fresh air!

The voice of the main character was strong and full of personality from the very beginning. She made me smile throughout most of the book - such a ball of fire.

At first I thought the beginning of the book gave away the ending, b
Bethany Huang
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is nowhere close to being a cliche teenage book. April May Manning is a teenager who is incredibly knowledgeable about airplanes and how they work because of her family's heavy involvement with airlines. Her narration was never boring or predictable- it was just one of those books that pull you in like quicksand and as soon as the story really begins you can't force yourself to put the book down. April is snarky and hilarious, but insightful at the same time. She's completely relatable ...more
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Hollis Gillespie is a humorist, syndicated columnist, NPR commentator and top-selling author. Her column can be found monthly on the back page of every issue of Atlanta magazine.

Hollis has appeared on the cover of numerous publications including Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing and Tampa’s Weekly Planet. She has been profiled in Marie Claire, Bust, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly.

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