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Flight Risk
A Novel
By (author): Jennifer Fenn
9781250158895 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12 - 18 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General Jan 01, 2022 Print Run: 30000
$14.50 CAD
Unknown 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 in 400 pages Square Fish

Flight Riskis Jennifer Fenn's debut young adult novel inspired by true events, about a teenage boy who has stolen—and crashed—not one, but three airplanes. And each time he’s walked away unscathed.

Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal andland a plane.

Told as an investigation into Robert’s psyche, the narrative includes multiple points of view as well as documentary elements like emails, official records, and interviews with people who knew Robert. Ultimately,Flight Risk is a thrilling story about one teenager who is determined to find a moment of transcendence after everyone else has written him off as lost.

This action packed thriller is a perfect read for young adult fans of adventure, heist stories, and fact-based fiction.

Praise forFlight Risk:

"Debut author Fenn tellsa multilayered story of identity, ambition, and societal expectations as she chronicles the misadventures of Robert Jackson Kelley. . . .Inspired by the true story of the so-called Barefoot Bandit, this story moves slowly but steadily through the years, building a larger-than-life aura around Robert." —Publishers Weekly

"The exciting third act . . . isrife with police chases, vacation-home burglaries, and, of course, plane crashes." —Kirkus Reviews

Jennifer Fenn has worked as a middle school language arts teacher and has had short fiction and essays published in numerous publications. She lives with her husband, daughter, and Scottish terrier in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.Flight Risk is her debut novel.

Rep Pick: This is an incredible story of adventure and heist—especially since it’s based on a true story! There are many words used to describe teenager Robert Jackson Kelly—delinquent, criminal, hero—all because he successfully stole and crashed three airplanes—and still he was determined to, one day, land one. He ends up evading capture for years and so when everyone writes him off, he resolves to ultimately find redemption. You will definitely root for antihero Robert! —Evette Sintichakis

"Teens will love thedocumentary-style narrativeand will root for underdog antihero Robert." —School Library Journal

"Fenn has pennedan original, thrilling tale with wide appeal, including for older reluctant readers." —Booklist

"The primary focus, through Robert’s narration, ispainfully vivid, putting the reader into the jumpy, erratic consciousness of a boy who really ought to have been taking his medication. Besides that internal exploration, the novel also interrogates the public's fascination with criminals who gain cult status by evading capture." —VOYA

"Debut author Fenn tellsa multilayered story of identity, ambition, and societal expectations as she chronicles the misadventures of Robert Jackson Kelley. . . . Inspired by the true story of the so-called Barefoot Bandit, this story moves slowly but steadily through the years, building a larger-than-life aura around Robert." —Publishers Weekly

"The exciting third act . . . is rife with police chases, vacation-home burglaries, and, of course, plane crashes." —Kirkus Reviews

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