Bartholomew Biddle's life has always been pretty ordinary, but when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he feels the call of adventure -- and he can't resist the urge to grab his bedsheet and catch a ride. Read more...
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Bartholomew Biddle's life has always been pretty ordinary, but when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he feels the call of adventure -- and he can't resist the urge to grab his bedsheet and catch a ride. Soon he's soaring far above his little town, heading wherever the wind takes him After spending time on an island full of pleasure-seeking pirates and at a prep school that boasts a hundred shades of gray, Bart finds himself in a mysterious cove where the wind doesn't blow. Stuck, Bart is forced to face the fact that his flying days might be over. Will he ever get home again?
- ISBN-13: 9780763649203
- ISBN-10: 0763649201
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: November 2012
- Page Count: 92
- Reading Level: Ages 6-9
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Ross’s screenwriter background serves his debut well—this novella-in-verse boasts engaging characters, a sturdy plot, and the never-fail enchantment of flying. Bartholomew Biddle, age 10, discovers that strong winds allow him to turn his bedsheet into a parachute of sorts and fly to lands unknown. He idles away several weeks with fun-loving pirates, then stumbles into a dystopian world of regulated sameness (“They wore the same jackets./ They wore the same shoes./ They wore the same shirts/ in the same shades of blues”), where he meets Densmore, a boy who yearns to escape but dares not disobey the rules. Departing alone, Bartholomew lands in a deep canyon populated by generations of pilots who’ve been blown off-course (including a familiar-looking aviatrix named Amelia). Myers’s (Clink) full-color oil paintings draw inspiration from Wyeth and Pyle, sharing the same pure-hearted innocence and theatrical gesture. The pirate episode is the only unnecessary freight in an otherwise fast-moving story about the potential for greatness within every child. It’s not hard to imagine this on a big screen. Ages 6–10. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Nov.)