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North Star Over My Shoulder by Bob Buck *****

North Star Over My Shoulder is an autobiography written by legendary aviator Bob Buck. The story spans almost a whole century and covers Bob’s experiences ranging from near death encounters in air mail planes during the 1930’s, to flying the 747 jumbo jet. Adding to the story, the author uses outstanding detail that makes you feel as if you are in the cockpit with him.

As a pilot, the book was overflowing with information useful to me. Although it wasn’t the most fast paced book I’ve ever read, the knowledge gained made the read well worth it. History is obviously abundant as well. Aviation history is often looked over, even though there is much to learn from it. I really appreciated the amount of true history learned from the book, and loved how it was seamlessly woven into a captivating story-line.

Readers of this book should have at least a little bit of interest in aviation to fully appreciate it. I say this because as stated earlier, some places seem to become relatively slow paced. That won’t matter to somebody who is truly interested in aviation though. If you want to see how humans went from planes that couldn’t fly to jumbo jets in less than 100 years, this book is for you.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.