Jon is lonely. There
isn't much for a boy to do in 1935. At least not for a boy who lives
in a lighthouse with his parents. There's no tv or computers or any
of the modern electronics we rely on. No, Jon has a radio and can
catch some programs and he has books to read. But he doesn't have
anyone to play with or talk with. He longs to be able to fly so he
can fly to town and play with other children. Night and night he
prays for the ability to fly. But what happens when your wishes come
When you think about soaring
through the air, you usually think of planes or maybe rockets …but wouldn’t
you like to try flying under your own power? Your brain power?
Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Well, Jon Jeffers learns how to fly by
harnassing the power of his billions of brain cells.
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Rise, Jon, he commanded silently, and came off the bed, taking a flight
line for the open window. There were no mosquitoes or flies on Clementine,
so none of the windows were screened. He went through as easily as
a pigeon winging under an arch.
The night breeze flapped the legs of his pajamas and ruffled his hair as
he circled over the grassy top of Clementine, keeping low at first, about
four feet off the ground, then gaining altitude to ten. Jon couldn't
help but grin wildly. He'd never felt so happy.
So, why does Jon end up in the custody of the FBI, having a meeting with
President Roosevelt and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover? And will famous
brain surgeon Dr. Buxtehede have to operate on Jon’s brain? Read THE BOY
WHO COULD FLY WITHOUT A MOTOR by Theodore Taylor to find out. (Melissa
Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ela
Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL)