A Wish For Wings, told in his characteristic two-page chapters, appeals to both these age groups. I is about Jenna's determination to become an aircraft pilot and the effect this has on her bereaved grandfather, who supports her in her struggle against big brother's derision and parental cynicism. In a sinister subplot involving a Robert Cormier-esque theme of intimidation, Jenna's brother is in thrall to a nasty piece of work. But Swindells never slips into melodrama, largely because he has a good feel for the way his young characters fill their days.
The story has an uplifting ending, and closes with a paragraph that will bring a tear to many a reader's eye.
Long may Swindells continue producing books as good as this.