Flight Risk

Author(s): Jennifer Fenn

Young Adult

Jennifer Fenn's debut novel inspired by true events, about a teenage boy who has stolen--and crashed--not one, but three airplanes. And each time he's walked away unscathed.Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane. Told as an investigation into Robert's psyche, the narrative includes multiple points of view as well as documentary elements like emails, official records, and interviews with people who knew Robert. Ultimately, Flight Risk is a thrilling story about one teenager who is determined to find a moment of transcendence after everyone else has written him off as lost.


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This book is sad and funny and an excellent account of a teenager whose mind simply can't stay still. It has a great cast of supporting characters, and had me totally caught up in the story.

Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop, June 2018.

Jennifer Fenn has worked as a middle school language arts teacher and has had short fiction and essays published in numerous publications. She lives with her husband, daughter, and Scottish terrier in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Flight Risk is her debut novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781626727601
  • : Roaring Brook Press
  • : First Second
  • : June 2017
  • : United States
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 1
  • : Hardback
  • : Jennifer Fenn