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Book Title: The Avion My Uncle Flew|
The author of the book: Cyrus Fisher
Edition: Scholastic Inc.
Date of issue: January 1st 1948
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 322 KB
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ISBN 13: 9780590462426
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Reader ratings: 7.3
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As read from OpenLibrary, I found this surprisingly charming.
It's mostly about the boy, John (Jean when he's in France) as he faces the challenges of growing from a pampered boy to a stronger and wiser young man. He's sort of forced to 'man up' in just a few weeks, as he's left to live with his 'oncle' in a poor village where there are almost no speakers of English, while still recovering from a badly broken leg, without his parents.... and then a thrilling adventure on top of it all!
But the 'German spies' are individuals, not indicated to be representative of Germans in general. Ditto the French, and the Americans for that matter.
The boy does complain how the French language makes no sense (for example, 'the house of the woman' instead of 'the woman's house), but it's obviously meant to be humor, as the reader laughs at (and with) the boy instead of at the French.
I believe the Newbery committee liked the idea of pointing out that war also has an impact on the home front, and that recovery is a challenge in that war isn't actually over when it's dated as such. I believe they also liked all the French vocabulary words, and the bits of French culture and history. Of course they liked the boy's developing maturity, and probably they hoped that young readers would like the humor and the adventure, too.
I think this story would make a terrific movie.
This edition, the 1967 Scholastic, downloaded as scanned, does contain some typos. The most annoying was, sometimes, viola for voila. (They did use the accent marks, but I can't seem to reproduce them here without screwing up the rest of my text.)
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