Girl on A Plane

Girl on A Plane

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Jordan, 1970. After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is travelling back to her English boarding school alone. But her plane never makes it home. Anna's flight is hijacked by Palestinian guerillas. They land the plane in the Jordanian desert, switch off the engines and issue their demands. If these are not met within three days, they will blow up the plane, killing all the hostages. The heat becomes unbearable, food and water supplies dwindle. Anna begins to face the possibility she may never see her family again. Based on true events, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror, of courage and resilience.
Publisher: London :, Andersen Press,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781783443314
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 20 cm.


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Dec 23, 2017

I really wish that I loved this book. Sadly, it just didn’t meet to my expectations. I understand the importance of this book and didn’t have a problem with the topic, morales or themes, but I just didn’t understand why it was turned into a YA book. It was simply boring; lacked enthusiasm, character development and the action that I expected. With all due respect to the author who experienced this horrific event firsthand, I know there are much better books (fiction and nonfiction) that better suited my standards as a reader. Anna was not a character I could sympathize with. If anything, I would say this was an excellent memoir of events, but definitely not a thriller or action-packed novel. Rating (2.5/5)
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

THE GIRL ON A PLANE by Miriam Moss is an awesome, magnificent, breathtaking and wonderful book that I enjoyed to read. It has become one of my favourite books now. It is one of the best books for me.
The Girl On A Plane is a book about a true story of a plane hijacking in which a fifteen-year old girl named Anna was travelling back to her English boarding school alone. But her plane never made it as it was hijacked by Palestinian guerrillas. They landed the plane in the Jordanian desert, switched off the engines, and issue their demands. And if their demands were not met within three days, they said that they will blow up the plane, killing all the hostages. There was unbearable heat there and; there was a shortage of food and water supplies. The whole story is about Anna’s experience in those extreme conditions.
This book is a really good book in which the author is describing her own real experience of being hijacked. I liked the whole book a lot. The best thing about the book is that it highlights one of the the social issues of our society and how people suffer just because of some other people. Actually, everything is best in this book.
The book has everything. It has conflict, foreshadowing, and the most important, suspense. Also, as I was reading the book, I was feeling as if I was there in the plane. I could feel the heat and sweat, and all the other things.
I think everyone would like to read this book about hijacking, as I loved this book a lot. I really enjoyed reading this book. My rating for this book is: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
- From teen P. R.

Teen Book Review Project - Girl on a Plane

Based on the author’s own real life experience, Girl on a Plane tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Anna’s terrifying four days as a hostage.
Set in 1970, Anna is travelling alone to her English boarding school when her plane is hijacked by Palestinian guerillas. Forced to land in the Jordanian desert and threatened to be blown up if the demands of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine are not met, Anna and the rest of the passengers are caught in a tense, uncertain limbo as they await their fate while facing an impossibly suffocating heat, and dwindling food and water supplies.
Although readers may dive into Girl on a Plane in hopes of a fast paced, action filled novel, this book is actually rather slow paced. One of the things that I liked most about this novel was that Miriam Moss took the time to humanize one of the hijackers and explain the circumstances that would cause someone to turn to this sort of life, rather than painting the characters as strictly good or bad. It is important for people today to recognize that not all people are bad or fall under a specific category simply because they come from a certain part of the world.
Girl on a Plane’s slow pace may deter some readers, but its premise and inspiration from the author’s own experience will also draw in and intrigue many others. Although I didn’t particularly enjoy this novel very much myself, I can see it being a good novel study book for a grade 7 or 8 class, and I can see many other people enjoying this story.
- Jaden

Nov 30, 2016

Miriam Moss was on an unaccompanied flight that was hijacked by Palestinians when she was 15 years old. Forty-five years later, she has written a fictionalized account of the 4-day ordeal she survived. Although some details have been embellished and added for dramatic effect, the underlying event really and truly happened. An epilogue tells of the author's journey back to the airfield where it all happened and the author answers a few questions as well. It was a very interesting read and sheds light on the ongoing battle between the Palestinians and Israel.

vpl_teens Oct 06, 2016

Girl on a Plane is based on the true hijacking of author Miriam Moss’ flight, in 1970, to England. The protagonist, Anna, narrates this event, beginning in Bahrain as she packs to for boarding school in England, through the four-day hijacking, and ending with her return to the site of her chilling ordeal.

This novel picks up the pace around a quarter of the way through, and is gripping until the end. I picked up this novel having studied the Arab-Israeli conflict at school and expecting the historical event to play a significant role in the Moss’ novel. Instead, Girl on a Plane uses this event as the backdrop, focusing mainly on how Anna copes with the situation that she finds herself in. It does, however, briefly touch on the conflict when Anna attempts to connect with the hijackers and understand their motives. Although this novel was not quite what I expected, it is a page-turner that kept me at the edge of my seat, anxious to learn how the events would unfold. Girl on a Plane is a must-read not only for those interested in historical fiction, but also for anyone who is looking for a thrilling and emotional read.

Reviewed by Doreen C. for Teens Read it First,

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