Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April’s mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally, living on airplanes, using her mother’s flight benefits, relying on the flight crews who know she’s been shuttling between divorcing parents for a year.
Then, there’s a hijacking, but why is April’s “dad” on board? April flees to the cargo hold with another unaccompanied minor she’s met before, and they fight to thwart the hijackers, faking a fire, making weapons from things they find in luggage.
At last, locked in the cockpit with a wounded police officer, the boy, and his service dog, April tries to remember everything her parents said to do in a crisis above the clouds. But she knows it won’t be enough.
About The Author
HOLLIS GILLESPIE is an award-winning humor and travel columnist, and her column appears every month on Atlanta magazine’s back page. She is also a best-selling author, NPR commentator, professional speaker, and guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (“A very funny lady,” says Leno.) Her work has been optioned by Sony Pictures and Paramount, and she has collaborated with Hollywood hard hitters like Mitch Hurwitz, (creator of Arrested Development), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, (producers of Two and a Half Men), Bill Haber (producer of Rizzoli and Isles), Sheri Ellwood (creator of Call Me Fitz) and Amy Palladino (creator of Gilmore Girls). (George Clooney has also kissed her twice. Twice!)
Hollis herself has been featured on scores of TV shows and magazines and runs Shocking Real Life, the largest writing school in Atlanta, which offers workshops on book writing, blogging and social media. Her next book, titled Unaccompanied Minor, a young adult action adventure mystery, is due out January 2014. These days she gets most of her exercise running to catch flights. Contact Hollis through www.ShockingRealLife.com