John O'malley
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What if any was the conflict in the book?

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Russ Roberts One of the greatest conflicts is the the classic battles of sons and father. Buck's father is difficult, but he still supports his sons and advances their maturation when he "kicks them out of the nest." In mythology, "the search for the father" is a classic theme. Buck flies in that pursuit, looking for his father's love amid a conflicting relationship.
Grandma Sue Conflict exists between these teenaged brothers because they differ in personality. One's good with people; the other's good with machinery. Over the course of the trip each one's gift saves them from problems they encounter. In the end, they've grown closer because they've come to appreciate each others' uniqueness.
There's also conflict between the teens and their father typical of that stage in life.
Majd Bostani The conflict of this book revolved around the complexity of the flight, as well as the lack of complexity of the airplane. Flying across the entire continental United States is no easy feat, and for them to be able to do it at age 17 and 15 is incredible.
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