Grandpa's Great Escape
illustrated by Tony Ross
HarperCollins Children's Books
fp October 2015
This story is set in Britain in 1983 where a boy named Jack lives with his parents. Every weekend he goes and visits his grandfather and plays imaginary games about flying Spitfire planes (a famous World War II plane). His grandpa has a condition where he slowly loses his memory and thinks that he is still an RAF (Royal Air Force) pilot in World War II. Jack pretends to be a Wing Commander and his grandpa is Squadron leader. However, grandpa wants to fly a real spitfire. There is one in the museum. So Jack and his Grandpa make a plan to steal it. Do you think that Jack and his Grandpa will take flight?
The story is about family and explores the things people do to help the people they love to be happy. Grandpa’s Great Escape was very enjoyable because it has lots of action and adventure with twists and turns to keep you guessing about what would happen next. It built interest in characters well so that you could relate to them. It was easy to read and understand. It also taught you a little bit about World War II.
Levi, age 11
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