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Born to Fly

Born to Fly

The First Women's Air Race Across America

Steve Sheinkin; illustrations by Bijou Karman

Roaring Brook Press

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Born to Fly is the gripping story of the fearless women pilots who aimed for the skies—and beyond.

Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.

These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying, expertly told by the master of nonfiction history for young readers, National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.

Featuring illustrations by Bijou Karman.

This title has common core connections.

BORN TO FLY

They were the kinds of kids who jumped off the roofs of buildings.


Louise McPhetridge did it when she was just seven—climbed to the roof of her family’s barn in Bentonville, Arkansas, opened a giant...

Praise for Born to Fly

*" Sheinkin’s story-like narration puts readers right in the action, making them gasp and cheer along with the fliers... This book soars as it details these often overlooked figures from history." —Booklist, starred review

*" Sheinkin’s thorough research and attention to detail make the era come alive for readers." —School Library Journal, starred review

*[S]oaring past boundaries. — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Suspenseful, informative, and remarkably uplifting." —Kirkus Reviews

"With immediacy and vivid detail, Sheinken’s thoroughly researched account of these daring women will capture the imagination of contemporary readers." —Publishers Weekly

"Sheinkin is a history writer of unusual gumption and no shortage of nerve. Born to Fly is a real barn burner." — Shelf Awareness

"Lively and engaging." Horn Book

Undefeated:
“A model of research and documentation as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.” —Booklist, starred review

“A thoroughly engrossing and extensively researched examination of football’s first 'all-American.' ” —School Library Journal, starred review

Most Dangerous:
“Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Port Chicago 50:
“Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Bomb:
“This is edge-of-the-seat material.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Childr… More…

*" Sheinkin’s story-like narration puts readers right in the action, making them gasp and cheer along with the fliers... This book soars as it details these often overlooked figures from history." —Booklist, starred review

*" Sheinkin’s thorough research and attention to detail make the era come alive for readers." —School Library Journal, starred review

*[S]oaring past boundaries. — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Suspenseful, informative, and remarkably uplifting." —Kirkus Reviews

"With immediacy and vivid detail, Sheinken’s thoroughly researched account of these daring women will capture the imagination of contemporary readers." —Publishers Weekly

"Sheinkin is a history writer of unusual gumption and no shortage of nerve. Born to Fly is a real barn burner." — Shelf Awareness

"Lively and engaging." Horn Book

Undefeated:
“A model of research and documentation as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.” —Booklist, starred review

“A thoroughly engrossing and extensively researched examination of football’s first 'all-American.' ” —School Library Journal, starred review

Most Dangerous:
“Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Port Chicago 50:
“Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Bomb:
“This is edge-of-the-seat material.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

The Notorious Benedict Arnold:
“American history is brought to life in this engaging story of revolution and treason.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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Steve Sheinkin; illustrations by Bijou Karman

Steve Sheinkin is the acclaimed author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers, including The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, and Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. His accolades include a Newbery Honor, three Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, a Sibert Medal, and three National Book Award finalist honors. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

Bijou Karman is an artist and illustrator from Los Angeles. She graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Bijou is inspired by nostalgia and a love of print and bright colors. She spends most of her time working on illustrations for editorials, books, and advertising, but also works in gouache to create paintings centered around fashion. She has illustrated How to Dress by Alexandra Fullerton, What Would Boudicca Do? by E. Foley and B. Coates, and the covers of the Penguin Classics editions of books by John Steinbeck and Iris Murdoch.

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