Here is the third and last book in Tom Palmer’s Take To the Skies series for Barrington Stokes, and it is as enjoyable as the earlier ones. Although, truly, would you send your child to football camp if you thought they’d end up as fighter pilots through some sort of weird time travel thing?
We’ve had the first two world wars and now it’s time for the present and the way we ‘keep the peace’ without strictly speaking calling it war. It’s also time for the ladies. The two sisters staying in the house with Jatinder and Greg are not getting on as well as they used to, now that Maddie has started secondary school.
Her younger sister Jess notices the lack of women in the photos on the wall in the house, and asks about this, learning that women came late to the fighting in the air. As a leaving treat at the end of summer school, they get taken to the air show, and more specifically they get a go in the simulator.
Somehow Jess and Maddie find themselves at the controls of a Typhoon, en route to the desert to bomb an arms store, in order to save lives. The trouble is they actually need to cooperate with each other to be able to carry the attack off.
Nice ‘feminist’ pilot plot to finish the trilogy, showing children what they can do, if they have to, and if they put their minds to it. (And it doesn’t hurt to have some girl football in there as well.) Very inspiring.
(I didn’t even know about Typhoons – as planes – but with this Barrington Stoke book I can build my own.)