Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wright Brother's Flight: Books About Plane Crashes

On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers flew their plane in Kittyhawk, NC-- the first time a self-propelled heavier-than-air craft actually flew. We've already looked at books about pilots, so today we're looking at the darker side-- books about plane crashes.


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. When the plane carrying all of the Miss Teen Dream USA Pageant contestants crash lands on a desert island, the handful of survivors is torn between survival and perfecting their interview answers. In this hilarious satire, The Corporation runs the show and the girls have some lessons to learn about the true nature of beauty.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Brian's off to spend the summer with his father, but the plane crashes over the Canadian wilderness. Brian is the only survivor. Armed with only a hatchet, he has to find a way to survive and attract someone to rescue him.

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen. A small cargo plane with two pilots and 1 passenger hits a storm between Hawaii and Midway. Robie (the passenger) and Max (the co-pilot) survive, stuck on a raft in the middle of the Pacific ocean with no supplies and no way to call for help.


Flight #116 Is Down! by Caroline Cooney. Heidi is home alone and lonely when an airplane crashes on her estate. Told in the multiple voice-- Heidi, a teen EMT, passengers, and some people waiting for the plane to land.

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott. Megan is the only survivor of a plane crash, and everyone thinks she's a Miracle. Megan doesn't feel like a Miracle--in fact she's barely dealing with the mental trauma and doesn't know where to turn.

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike. Tavia survived the plane crash that killed her parents. She then learns that the aunt and uncle that took her in might have been trying to kill her by causing the crash. Soon she's on the run, and the world it actually falling apart if she can't stop it.


Survive by Alex Morel. Jane tried to kill herself. She's going to do it again on the airplane on the way home, but then the plane crashes. She's one of two survivors and finds herself wanting to live.

Unremembered by Jessica Brody. Seraphina was discovered floating in the wreckage of an airplane. She doesn't remember the crash, or the flight, or anything. She's not on the passenger list. Her DNA and fingerprints aren't in any database. Her body is completely unharmed by the crash-- who is she?

What books would you add?

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