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Ampersand Fall 2016 Dewey Diva Picks Children's Books

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Girl on a Plane
By (author): Miriam Moss
9780544783997 Hardcover, Cloth over boards English Age (years) from 12 - 99 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories Sep 13, 2016 Print Run: 25000
$25.50 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.94 in 288 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HMH Books for Young Readers

Bahrain, 1970.

After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is flying back to boarding school in England when her plane is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and taken to the Jordanian desert.

Demands are issued. If they are not met, the terrorists will blow up the plane, killing all hostages. The heat becomes unbearable; food and water supplies dwindle. All alone, Anna begins to face the possibility that she may never see her family again.

Inspired by true events in the author’s life, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror with courage and resilience. Includes Q&A with the author.


Miriam Moss was born in England but grew up in Africa, China, and the Middle East and now lives in East Sussex with her family. In 1970, when she was on her way back to boarding school in the United Kingdom, her plane was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. Girl on a Plane is her story. Visit her website atmiriammoss.com.

"...wide-eyed and suspenseful reading."
—Bulletin

"The accounts of terrorism during the 1970s are just as real as they are today, and teens will love this real-life account. This title is highly recommended for both middle and high school collections."
—VOYA

"This is an intense, realistic, and absolutely gripping story ..."
—School Library Journal

"A unique glimpse into a pivotal point in world history."
—Booklist

"Historical fiction readers and lovers of history in general will enjoy this title about a time not often written about. It would make a good addition to a middle grade or young adult collection."
—School Library Connection

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