In this edition’s Army&You and Reading Force Book Club, three service youngsters share their thoughts on The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock. Here’s what they had to say…

Charlie and Emilie (Both 9)

WE THINK it is a really good story. It starts with a mysterious death, which the main character Athan Wilde, who is 11, has to solve.

He finds this tricky, but he keeps persevering.

We think that’s a good quality to have. The book is fast paced, going from one problem to solve to another, all linked to the main story.

There are a lot of characters, which can get a bit confusing, but most of them are really interesting.

We would recommend this to anyone aged eight or over who likes mysteries.


Robbie Johnson (10)

THIS book is mysterious, it keeps you in suspense until near the end – although it isn’t for the fainthearted because of the actions of the main perpetrator. My favourite character was Athan. He is a boy that I would like as my friend – he’s adventurous and determined.

The Boy Who Flew is a good read. The age recommendation of nine-plus is about right. I’d give it four-and-a-half out of five.


Have fun sharing books

READING Force is the free shared reading initiative for forces families where you can share a book and talk about it, together at home or over Skype or FaceTime if separated from your soldier. You’ll receive a free book and scrapbook to fill in with your thoughts, letters, drawings and photographs. It’s a fun way to keep connected. Take part via your children’s school, HIVE, or register online at

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