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B for Buster Mass Market Paperback – Jan 10 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (Jan. 10 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440238102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440238102
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Boy And His Bird March 17 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Young Kak is only sixteen when he runs away from home, pretends he's an orphan, and winds up far away from his native Canada overseas in the wilds of Yorkshire (England) on an air base preparing to train for the flight crew of a Halifax bomber. The first man he runs into is someone from his home town, Donny Lee, the only one in England who might guess his secret--that he is underage.

Thus the novel depends on an amazing coincidence which cripples its credibility right at the start. However, once that nonsense is out of the way, we get a tender and yet exciting war story about the relationship between a flight crew and their pigeon. Yes, you heard me right, apparently before each sortie over occupied Europe a homing pigeon was brought on board and used for all sorts of things, but in Kak's case, little Percy, exquisitely described by teacher Lawrence, becomes his only friend. At first Kak is turned off by Bert, the pigeoneer, dirty and messy, slovenly and fragrant, butb then when he finds out Bert's "back story" he becomes more sympathetic, if horrified. Because there but for the Grace of God went he himself.

All the boys in the flight crew carry a lucky charm of some sort; one carries a handkerchief doused with a woman's perfume somewhere on his body, and young Kak wears a ring with a ray-gun on it. He is a comics fan and loves SUPERMAN and BUCK ROGERS. The epilogue reveals that all of this story was based on reality, and it is Lawtence's tribute to the brave Canadian boys who went to war against the Nazi menace.

I didn't realize this was a book meant for kids, but it did strike me as improbable the ultra clean language of these bombadiers. About the raciest thing any of them says is "Wheezy jeezy,"--oh, and one of the British speakers under extreme provocation exclaims, "What a bloody balls-up." Outside of that, dialogue is not Iain Lawrence's forte, but he is such a good storyteller that you will forgive him such primness.
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B For Buster review Jan. 3 2005
By matt s - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Desperate to escape from a negligent home with an alcholic father, 16 year old Kak lies about his age and enlists in the Canadian Army. He expects it to be like the adventures of his favorite comicbook heroes, where good vanquish's evil and after it's over everything is going to be fine. After his first op in a plane that has had almost every part of it reparied, he realizes that the ops are really terrifing and he finds himself scared to even get back on the plane. He finds himself befriending the pigeoneer and finds comfort in talking to him and spending time with the pigeons. Kak cant keep this up forever and after his friend from his hometown dies he realizies what can hapen to him or his crew at any time. Even though it started out slow, I thought this was very well writen and anyone who enjoys reading books about World War II should pick up "B For Buster".
Interesting for Adults as Well Dec 14 2013
By Ninja Emery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I almost put it down because of all the detail - then the story itself came through. This book may be aimed for youth, but as an adult I was not bored nor did I feel patronized at all. The author has done his research and made it interesting. The reality was not in question - I felt like I was there. The characters are believable and varied, and that can be hard to do. The coming of age and changes and growth are well done.
Very interesting Feb. 4 2013
By Phillip Floreth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My half brother was in the Canadian Air Force during that war. He flew night flights in black planes over Germany. He didn't share his experiences.
A World War II Bomber Plane Story July 4 2012
By Black Plum - Published on Amazon.com
Sixteen year old Kak is underage when he enlists in the Canadian Air Force during World War II. He wants to see action, and finds himself in England. But the world of war that he enters isn't anything like the comic book adventures he loves. Of course not. He realizes that he and his six crewmates on B for Buster, their bomber could be killed at any time. Kak is terrified, naturally. But in Bert, the keeper of the homing pigeons, Kak finds an unlikely friend. Bert seems to understand things that the other men don't talk about. Kak also bonds with the pigeons, one named Percy in particular. This wasn't the greatest book; the writing wasn't that impressive, nor was the plot. But it was okay. I did like the descriptions of the pigeons.

*You can read all of my reviews at my book blog, novareviews.blogspot.com*