Flight Risk: A Novel (Paperback)

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Flight Risk is Jennifer Fenn's debut young adult 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.

This action packed thriller is a perfect read for young adult fans of adventure, heist stories, and fact-based fiction.

Praise for Flight Risk:

"Debut author Fenn tells a multilayered story of identity, ambition, and societal expectations as she chronicles the misadventures of Robert Jackson Kelley. . . . Inspired by the true story of the so-called Barefoot Bandit, this story moves slowly but steadily through the years, building a larger-than-life aura around Robert." —Publishers Weekly

"The exciting third act . . . is rife with police chases, vacation-home burglaries, and, of course, plane crashes." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


"Teens will love the documentary-style narrative and will root for underdog antihero Robert." —School Library Journal

"Fenn has penned an original, thrilling tale with wide appeal, including for older reluctant readers." —Booklist

"The primary focus, through Robert’s narration, is painfully vivid, putting the reader into the jumpy, erratic consciousness of a boy who really ought to have been taking his medication. Besides that internal exploration, the novel also interrogates the public's fascination with criminals who gain cult status by evading capture." —VOYA

"Debut author Fenn tells a multilayered story of identity, ambition, and societal expectations as she chronicles the misadventures of Robert Jackson Kelley. . . . Inspired by the true story of the so-called Barefoot Bandit, this story moves slowly but steadily through the years, building a larger-than-life aura around Robert." —Publishers Weekly

"The exciting third act . . . is rife with police chases, vacation-home burglaries, and, of course, plane crashes." —Kirkus Reviews



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250158895
ISBN-10: 1250158893
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 1st, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English