John, The Airport Kid: A Magical Adventure

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 John, the Airport Kid is a charming and somewhat autobiographical "magical adventure" told by John Jopling, who was an airport kid himself. While a fantasy of sorts, in which airplanes talk in the hangar at night, it also contains some valuable life lessons and would make good reading for any young teenager. It tells of a boy who is forced by circumstance to take responsibility for himself, and who, through his love of aviation, finds a home, a job, friends and a family, learning a lot about love and caring along the way. Delightfully illustrated, it falls into a category of children's books often produced by major publishers.
Thomas F. Norton, Editorial Director,  The Southern Aviator

It is a magical adventure story told through the eyes of John, a seventeen-year-old boy.  The story takes place at a privately owned airport in Maryland. Because of his father’s sudden death, John must take responsibility for himself. Through his work at the airport and his love of aviation, he finds a home, a job, friends, and a family. John achieves his goals and learns important lessons about love and caring along the way.

Inspired in part by John Jopling’s own life, this is a simple story, which is also an introduction to the little-known world of flying and pilots. Told through the experiences of the main character and the activities at the airport, it also magically reveals the feelings of the planes. John, The Airport Kid is educational and entertaining, while establishing positive feelings toward planes, pilots, and airports.


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"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
- Leonardo Da Vinc


Text and Illustration copyright 2007
by John and Hazel Jopling. All rights reserved.
ISBN-10: 0977807045
ISBN-13: 978-0977807048
Library of Congress Control No.: 2007903913

Cover Design by Hazel Joan Jopling
Cover Illustration by Jeanne Saulsbury
Other Illustrations by Ken Baldwin
Photography by John Perry Jopling