September 9th, 1970.

After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is flying back alone from Bahrain to her boarding school in the UK. But her plane never makes it. The flight is hijacked by Palestinian guerrillas. They force the plane to land in the Jordanian desert, switch off the engines and issue their demands. If these are not met within three days, they will blow up the plane, killing all the hostages. The heat on board becomes unbearable, food and water supplies dwindle.  Time is running out . . . 

Winner of the 2017 North Herts Schools Book Award

Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. 

Shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award and the Historical Association's Young Quills Award.

Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award for outstanding first novels and the Southern Schools Book Award.

Nerve-shredding drama. Hangs together seamlessly.  The Independent

A unique and extraordinary story, exceptionally well told.  Books for Keeps

A tense, gripping and heart-rending must-read for teens and adults alike.  Bookbag

A tense and beautifully realised story. Armadillo Magazine

A compelling read.  Viva Lewes


The US hardback edition is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

An intense, realistic and absolutely gripping story .. and a thrilling read.     School Library Journal

Great historical fiction ... highly recommended for both middle and high school collections. VOYA Magazine

A unique glimpse into a pivotal point in world history. Booklist

Wide-eyed and suspenseful reading. The Center for Children's Books

Enthralling and suspenseful ... outstanding imagery. Teenreads