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Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart Hardcover – July 23, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435094
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Elder, a contemporary of Amelia Earhart, set her sights on becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. At age 23, and after only a few flying lessons, she and her copilot set forth. Two-thirds of the way into their flight, the gas line sprung a leak, and they were forced to abandon the plane. Fortunately, they were rescued by a nearby ship. In 1929, she and 19 other women (including Earhart) flew solo across the country to prove women can pilot as well as men—and, in this depiction, do it with a few enjoyable comic interludes, too. After landing safely in Cleveland, the ever-optimistic Elder expresses her belief that women would one day become fighter pilots. Laugesen’s idyllic paintings capture Elder’s beauty and personality while complementing the text. Pair with Daredevil, by Meghan McCarthy, reviewed on this page. Grades 1-3. --J. B. Petty


"A lively biography of a pioneer in women’s aviation." -- Kirkus Reviews

 "Pair this offering with Marissa Moss’s Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee (Tricycle, 2009) for a soaring look at women’s history." -- School Library Journal

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