Saskatoon StarPhoenix Review - Last Flight of the Birdman

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Reviewed by: Saskatoon Star Phoenix

We mystery-lovers can find pleasure in all versions of the genre, including books aimed skillfully at younger audiences, as these are. And it's a great pleasure to read a book set as authentically in 1912 Saskatoon as The Last Flight of the Birdman.

Dave Glaze, a teacher, librarian and educational consultant, continues to excel with his juvenile novels. This one features a trio of boys, led by Mack Davis, whose greatest desire in the summer of 1912 is to go to the Ex and watch the Birdman, an aerial daredevil flying what appears at first sight to be a giant, but very flimsy, dragonfly. But Mack is distracted when his friend Albert's house is robbed and, even worse, when the Birdman's silver airplane model is stolen from his hotel room. What's more, he's worried about his friend Jim, who is working very, very hard at his uncle's Chinese laundry - too hard to leave room for fun.

Mack's efforts to help his friends will get him very close to the Birdman and too close for comfort to danger for himself and for Jim. It's an exciting story that will definitely appeal to the Grade 4 to 7 age group.

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