Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jen’s Five Books (and More!) of Women in Flight

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, $17.99)
Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart were friends? Did you know Eleanor Roosevelt was learning to fly? Here’s a beautifully illustrated evening excursion set right in the middle of a White House dinner!
(picture book)

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Scholastic, $16.99)
Bessie Coleman was the first African American female pilot. This story of her dreams and her struggles to achieve them is told in the voices of the different people in her life, from family to flight instructor to news reporter to field hand.
(picture book)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Little, Brown, $9.99)
Powerful and intense story of two young women in WWII -- one a night pilot, the other a spy captured by the Germans, who weaves the history of their friendship into her elaborate and detailed confession. Some parts are devastating, while the overall tone is exuberant and full of astonishing humor and optimism.
(young adult)

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (Speak, $8.99)
Ida Mae wants to fly. She's already been denied a pilot's license because she's female. When the US armed forces announce the Women Airforce Service Pilots program in WWII, Ida Mae decides she won't be denied again because she's black.
(young adult)

Flygirl is an upcoming book for the bookstore’s YA book club!

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Stone
(Candlewick, $17.99)

In 1961, 13 women, counted among the best pilots of their time, trained and tested to become astronauts. This is the story of their unsuccessful struggle to convince the government that their skills were more important than their sex -- and of the women who followed in their footsteps.
(picture book for older kids)

Bonus tracks!

1) One excellent brand-new book about birds, from when I thought this was going to be a list of books about all kinds of flight. It’s awesome. Read it!

The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker (Riverhead, $27.95)

2) Four books that I have not yet read, selected from a link that a friend posted online just as I was searching for a fifth title! (I chose the astronauts.) Check these out, and leave a comment letting us know what you think!

Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart by Julie Cummins
Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss
Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari (middle grade fiction, WWII spy)
Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record Setting Journeys by Karen Bush Gibson

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Jennifer Sheffield, July 2014

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