Airman's Odyssey is by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. A collection of three novels by the author of The Little Prince. Wind, Sand, and Stars, the first of the three novels, recounts Saint-Exupery's work flying for an early airmail carrier. He takes us along on his flights over the African Sahara and the South American Andes. Night Flight, the second of the three novels, is the story of Fabien, a pilot for the Patagonia Mail. Even though a fierce storm is forecast, he is ordered out on his night flight. When contact with Fabien is lost, his boss, is left with nothing to do but try and figure out where his plane might have crashed and take the news to Fabien's waiting wife. Flight to Arras, the third of the three, is the story of the French Air Force squadron Saint-Exupery was a member of during WWII. A wonderful look at the dangers of flight in its infancy and the bravery of the men who flew those early planes.
Ratings: 10th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).