Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

by Heather Lang and Raúl Colón

An inspiring, dramatic account of pilot Ruth Law, one of the early female pioneers... read more

An inspiring, dramatic account of pilot Ruth Law, one of the early female pioneers of aviation, and her trip from Chicago to New York in November, 1916. On the way, Ruth Law broke the American record for non-stop flight. Confident, a creative problem-solver, and passionate about flying, Ruth “knew every nut and bolt on her machine.” She wanted to buy a bigger plane, but couldn’t convince the owner to sell it to her, a woman, so she adapted the plane she had with additional gas tanks to hold more fuel. She charted the course, planned her route, and then soared. There were some tense moments on the journey, but it ended in history-making triumph. Quotes from Ruth are seamlessly integrated into a well-researched, thoroughly engaging narrative set against eye-catching textured paintings. Black-and-white photos accompany additional information about Ruth Law at book’s end. A bibliography, additional resources, and sources for the quotes conclude this exemplary informational picture book. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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