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Flying Ace: Jack Fairfax, Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1918 (My Story: Boys)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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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Thomas
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book really is 3.5 because it had a lot of potential but did fully deliver. I really like the the my story series of books because it gives you a really good explanation of what it was like to life in that era.
Rhondda Powling
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
A great addition to the My Story series that, although a fictional account, is based on actual events and stories of WWI
Jack Fairfax is 19 years old, just finished school and comes from a family steeped in military tradition. He is the second son of Lord and Lady Fairfax and a bit of a rebel. When he tells his parents that he is volunteering for the Royal Flying Corps, they do not approve. The "new-fangled" flying machines are nothing to do with the "proper" type of warfare.
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depletive
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Avid History Fans, Historical Fiction Readers
Recommended to depletive by: Librarian
Shelves: history, young-adult, 2013
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
Molly
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Meghan
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-story
Reading this book made me think of Snoopy as the World War One Flying Ace fighting against the Red Baron. The only reason I gave it four stars is that I would have preferred if the main character came from a simpler background.
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Thrilling.
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Renaissance
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Was a short and simple read. Loved reading about planes in world war one.
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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.
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