Resource Links Review - Flight of the Tiger Moth

Reviewed by: Anne Hatcher

Resource Links – October 2007

It’s 1943 and 17 year old Jack Waters dreams of flying planes and soaring above his small prairie town of Cairn. Unfortunately for Jack he is too young to join the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). However, his sister Flo’s fiancé Sandy, an English flyer is stationed at the World War II air training base nearby. He agrees to secretly give Jack flying lessons.

The war is at the forefront of everyone’s life. No one knows when this terrible conflict will end and at what cost. Families struggle for some sense of normalcy. The war arrives full force into Jack’s home when Flo, a nurse, learns that Sandy is to be sent overseas. She quickly enlists in the Women’s Division of the RCAF. Jack and his family’s stress increases as a result of Sandy being declared missing in action and Flo being critically injured. Compounding these events is the sudden death of Trevor, a young pilot in training that the family had befriended. Trevor had revealed to Jack that he had lied about his age in order to enlist. Jack is particularly hard hit by his tragic death. He becomes determined to use his limited flying lessons to save the life of another pilot friend who is seriously injured in a crash. Jack demonstrates his maturity and quick thinking to become the local hero and give his community a much needed boost during this dark time in history.

This riveting novel brings to life Canada during World War II. Friendship, family interactions and loss is poignantly depicted. How the human spirit can persevere in the face of many challenges is creativity conveyed. This book would make a great addition to a classroom / school library collection.

 Article by Anne Hatcher.

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