Getting Air by Dan Gutman

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They can rule the half-pipe, but can they survive this?

Jimmy, David, and Henry are psyched. It's summer, school's out, and they are on their way to California, where they will be able to do some major skating. But on the plane, the unthinkable happens: They are hijacked by terrorists. As frightened as they may be, they take action and they succeed. Sort of. They may have beaten the terrorists, but now their plane has crashed in the middle of nowhere and all of a sudden, their summer vacation is about finding food, shelter, and a rescue. Can three normal twelve-year-old boys find a way to get by without fast food and skate parks?

About Dan Gutman

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Dan Gutman's series include the overwhelmingly popular My Weird School (more than 4.5 million copies sold) and the Baseball Card Adventures (1.5 million copies sold). Dan lives in Haddonfield, NJ, and visits schools in the New Jersey area throughout the year. You can visit him online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter (@dangutmanbooks).
Published July 29, 2008 by Aladdin. 240 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this serio-comic adventure from veteran author Gutman, a boy and his friends survive a plane crash, but must find a way to stay alive in the woods until they’re rescued.

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Gutman's (The Homework Machine) dedication to this loopy tale thanks Gary Paulsen for writing Hatchet, the novel Julia reads as she flies cross-country with her older brother, narrator Jimmy, and his pals Henry and David, all three of whom are fanatical skateboarders.

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