Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com
Keith and his Dad have spent a lot of time and money building their remote controlled model airplane. They love taking it flying together. So far Keith has stuck to just the basic flying, and let his dad do all of the fancy tricks. But today is Keith's big chance, his dad is ready for him to try some fancy flying. They both know how important this is, they see it anticipated on Keith's mom's face every time she comes to watch them fly. It's a good thing she's not there to see it this time; Keith is nervous enough as it is. If everything goes well they'll take it to the model airplane show.
All doesn't go well. The crash that they were all hoping would never happen is spectacular. Not in a good way. Keith is devastated and banishes himself to his room. Staring at the ceiling he remembers the model plane he saw in the pawnshop in town. Maybe it's still there. Maybe he can afford to buy it.
Keith hurries off on his bike. He is beyond ecstatic to see the model plane waiting for him in the window. After a rather confusing conversation with the pawnbroker (that perfectly and hilariously illustrates a generational cavern in speech patterns), the man takes the plane down for examination. The plane has been modified by its previous owner and has a strange and somewhat mysterious history. Keith is only more interested. He rides back home and convinces his parents to go right back with him and pick up the plane.
Keith decides to take the plane to the model show and fly it, even though he's never actually tried it out yet. He's sure he can handle it. Keith isn't the only one in for a surprise.
At times hilarious, at times suspenseful, a bit mysterious, consistently good. This is a great story, even for non-plane enthusiasts. In fact, my only real complaint is that I wish it were much longer!