Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

by Steve Sheinkin and Bijou Karman

In 1929, a time when it was uncommon for women to fly, 20 aviators participated in... read more

In 1929, a time when it was uncommon for women to fly, 20 aviators participated in the first all-female cross-county air derby, competing against one another but also working together to prove themselves as pilots. Sheinkin sets the stage with his short biographical sketches of the participants, many of who were daredevils as girls, and all of who found freedom and joy in flying. He writes fluidly as he presents distinctive personalities who were united in their determination, which comes through in their camaraderie and courage both. He does not shy away from the blatant sexism these women faced (sabotage was likely; ball gowns sometimes required) and had to overcome in order to succeed. Much has been written about the best-known competitor, Amelia Earhart, but the other 19 women have been rarely featured and all are deserving of the spotlight. They get it in this well researched, well documented, engaging volume. (Ages 10–14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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