I'll Fly My Own Plane


Joe Joe Rawlings is struggling with a problem. His best friend, Tyrone, is running drugs for a neighborhood pusher and keeps pressing Joe Joe to do the same. Joe Joe knows better but finds the temptation of easy money difficult to ignore. Mrs. Morgan, the local librarian always tried to find stories that kids would like. She knew about Joe Joe’s interest in flying airplanes and selected a book on the Tuskegee Airmen. Joe Joe had never heard of them but they were about to rock his world.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a wholesome and believable story. The adolescent reader will be familiar with the pressures that challenge them everyday. The illustrations are well done and compliment the story.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

I did not like the book because it was mostly about planes. You can teach with this book because it has lots of history.

Parent Reaction

This is a good story. The illustrations are very well done. There is lots to talk about vis-a-vis making choices.

Type of Book:
This is a modern-day story that draws on history for its moral.
Educational Themes:

The challenges and opportunities facing young people and their families are awesome. The frenetic pace of life combined with economic and social pressures make it difficult for parents and communities to protect children from making poor decisions. This story points out that it takes a caring and vigilant community to raise a child in today’s world.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 9
Age of child:
Read by a 10-year-old child at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The story is one that adolescents will read, enjoy, and talk about. The dilemmas in Joe Joe's life confront many adolescents. Parents, teachers, and counselors will find lots of issues and concerns to share with their charges.

Title I'll Fly my Own Plane
Author Jean Alicia Elster
Publisher Judson Press © 2002
Illustrators Nicole Tadgell
ISBN 0817014071
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.00
Genres Christian, Black History, Life Lessons, Airplane, Contemporary Fiction, Urban Fiction
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