Stealing Air by Trent ReedyStealing Air by Trent Reedy

Stealing Air

byTrent Reedy

Hardcover | October 1, 2012

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You can't just ask for the chance to fly...

When his dad announced they were moving to Iowa, Brian looked forward to making some new friends. But on his first day there, he makes an enemy instead-Frankie Heller, the meanest kid in town. Brian needs to hang out with someone cool to get back on track....

Alex has always been the coolest guy around, and good with money, just like his dad. But now the family's car dealership is struggling, and he needs to make some cash to keep up appearances. Then an opportunity falls in his lap....

Max is a scientific genius, but his parents are always busy with their own work. Building an actual plane should get their attention- if only he wasn't scared of heights....

The answer to all three boys' dilemmas is Max's secret flyer, and each other. But Frankie and the laws of popularity and physics stand in their way. Can they come together in time to get their plan AND their plane off the ground?

Trent Reedy is the author of Words in the Dust, an Al Roker's Book Club pick on NBC's The Today Show. Born and raised in Iowa, where he taught high school English, Trent and his wife now live in Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at
Title:Stealing AirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.55 × 5.76 × 0.99 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545383072

ISBN - 13:9780545383073


Read from the Book

From Stealing AirAlex tapped him on the shoulder. Brian risked a look back. Alex grinned widely as he leaned forward. "It's working! It's really working!"Brian pushed the lever the rest of the way up. "Full throttle!"The flyer rolled fast now. Brian was pushed back in his seat. He loved this part. The thrill of the aircraft's power. The mad rush just before takeoff. Speeding up to the skies.They were halfway down the runway. Brian pulled back on the yoke. Then he felt it. The nose lifted. The front wheels were off the ground! The back wheels were up next. "We're flying!" he shouted.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Stealing Air"The story is full of heart and will resonate with many middle-schoolers and tweens who feel the pressure of social isolation." -Booklist"[Reedy] nails the angst of the middle-school lunchroom, the tentativeness of a first boy-girl relationship, and the mood of a family who has pulled up their roots for a new opportunity that's not going as well as hoped. This is a solid story that will ring true to readers for many years to come." -School Library JournalPraise for Words in the Dust"Reedy demonstrates a gift for empathy." -Los Angeles Times"Both heart-wrenching and timely." -Kirkus Reviews"Will go a long way toward helping readers understand the people behind the headlines." -Publishers Weekly"Full of hard truths, painful lessons, beautiful human interaction, and the promise of possibility." -School Library Journal