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Young Adult Fiction Survival Stories

Flight Plan

by (author) Eric Walters

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Survival Stories, Thrillers & Suspense, Dystopian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


When all technology breaks down and he’s far from home, thirteen-year-old Jamie learns he’s stronger (and braver) than he thought he was in this dystopian adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Jamie’s plane is just taking off when something goes terribly wrong. The lights go out, communications halts and the engine stops. After a bumpy landing, Jamie realizes it’s not just his flight. All the other planes have been grounded too. And every car on the road has stopped in its tracks. And no one’s cell phone is working. Technology has shut down, and no one knows why. Soon, it becomes clear that this disaster is anything but local, and people begin to panic. Jamie is now stranded 1,200 miles away from home and the world is in chaos. With the help of the plane's flight crew, a group of fellow passengers and a rescued dog named Godzilla, Jamie must make the long, perilous journey home.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at

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  • Commended, Children's Book Council Young Adult Favorites Award
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection

Editorial Reviews

“The novel’s haunting premise and adolescent perspective give familiar tropes an intriguing spin…A page-turning story of teen empowerment with a potent underlying message.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A fast-paced read [that] leaves you with lots of things to think about.”

Book Time

“This story is dark and thought-provoking. What would each of us do to survive or protect those that we love?”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“It's tough to write a riveting dystopian thriller and to show how horrible things can be while also infusing the book with hope, but Walters balances these two things well…If you don't have this series in your middle school or high school library, make sure you order them…They will get lots of use.”

Ms. Yingling Reads

“The story in Flight Plan is engrossing, and Jamie’s relationship with his travelling companions demonstrates the ties that bind in difficult times.”

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