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Wells, Rosemary.
WINGWALKER
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
ISBN 0786803975
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             Reubenís dad loved airplanes.  So itís no surprise that he took Reuben and cousin Mary Ellen to the Oklahoma Air Races of 1933.  But what happened at the races was a surprise to Reuben ­ not a good surprise!

                    [READ EXCERPT FROM BOOK]
                       "The winning ticket is number eight twenty-nine!" announced the loudspeaker.  "The lucky winner gets a ride in the passenger seat of our Oklahoma Champion.  Stand by, everybody!"
                      "Didn't win!" said Mary Ellen.  She shredded her ticket and it floated to the ground many sections below our feet...I held my breath and curled my ticket.  It slid from my fingers to the safety of the grass below.
                       Mary Ellen's eyes followed me like a horsefly.  If she found out that I chickened out of my winning airplane ride, Mary Ellen would tell the whole school before anyone could so much as pledge allegiance Monday morning.
                       She grabbed my ticket from the bench below us where it landed, and waved it around for the world to see.
                       "Number eight twenty-nine!  You won, scaredy-cat!"  Mary Ellen pointed out each of the three numbers.  "Girly-pants mama's boy! she sang.  "I'm telling the whole class that you have little tiny rosebuds on your underpants and you're a 'fraidy cat of the airplane!"
                    [END EXCERPT]

                    Reuben does go on the plane ride, but he doesn't like it one bit.  So how does he end up walking along the wing of an airplane ­ while itís flying high in the air?  Read WINGWALKER by Rosemary Wells to find out.  (Melissa Henderson, mhenders@eapl.org, Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL)

SUBJECTS:     Fairs -- Fiction.
                        Stunt flying -- Fiction.
                        Fear -- Fiction.
                        Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Minnesota -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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