Summary by Elisabeth The teacher’s desk is empty. It is all very quiet. You are supposed to have a sub today… that isn’t here. The rest of the class wants to party all day. What will you do? Ralph Fletcher’s Flying Solo makes you think twice about what you really wish for. The problem in this book is really quite simple. The sub gets sick and calls the office. The secretary forgets about it and the day goes on normal, or does it? Are the kids going to tell a teacher? And, will they be able to survive that long on their own without getting caught? The whole class is involved with this unexpected problem, the boys and girls. The class is a very weird mix: one kid who doesn’t speak, Rachel, one kid who is leaving the next day, Bastian, one kid who died a few months ago, Tommy Feathers, and so on so on. Each kid has their own way of planning out the day, some just want to play video games, others just want to do work. The characters in this book will surely amaze you and make you want to continue reading to find out how they all combine their ideas of running a class on their own. The author, Ralph Fletcher, has a very unique writing style that can get a little annoying for readers like me. Each chapter is from a different characters point of view (though when you reach the middle of the book when it is in the class room, he writes in third person) and also at the top of the page he writes the time. This can get very agitating. But the author has his reasons for making you look up top because the chapter names will make you want to read more. The most exciting part of the book is when Rachel and Bastian get in a fight about Tommy Feathers and how they
treated him. Rachel says that Bastian was mean and then teases him relentlessly and Bastian says that Rachel ignored him when Tommy tried to be friends. The fight continues and gets bigger and bigger, the only way to be able to solve it is getting a… teacher or other nurturing adult!!! Will they? I can make many connections with this book because it is quite realistic. This is one of them. I can kind of agree with Jessica and connect with her feelings about how she is a little reluctant to not have a teacher in the room, because some one might get hurt and then you won’t know what to do. I think in a different way though! If you don’t have a teacher in the classroom to teach, then you might as well stay home!!! After all, I think I know enough to teach myself! Also, once my fourth grade teacher got sick unexpectedly one day so she didn’t have time to assign a sub. I had to have my PE teacher take me to the computer lab and then a random teacher came to pick us up from there, and continued like that all through the day! I suppose it was a waste of time. Many weird and unexpected things happen through this book, and they do in real life too. That is why I can make plenty of connections throughout the story.