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"An accurate and well-rounded account of an important historical event. A focus on the Wright Brothers as children also makes the characters more relatable for the target audience. Recommended to YAs as well as myriad adult readers of YA lit." -- Library Journal

"Helfand keeps the brothers from seeming like mythical figures by showing their failures, but he also shows that those failures were a source of motivation, not merely frustration, which is what makes the Wright brothers’ story so inspiring. And their story doesn’t end with their triumphant flight. Helfand follows through with the rest of their lives, so readers learn what happened next and how the brothers were not able to rest on their laurels, but had to keep fighting to keep their work from being forgotten or overshadowed. One particularly nice touch is that the roles of women in their lives were highlighted. Their mother Susan passed down to them them her aptitude with machines and their sister Katharine was a constant source of support throughout their lives. . . . Banerjee’s soft colors and gentle lines give the right historical flavor to the drawings and his character designs are always clear enough for readers to follow easily. As with all Campfire titles, there are extras in the back–in this case factoids about the history of flight and a crossword puzzle, a nice touch for classroom use." -- School Library Journal


"I found The Wright Brothers fascinating. Whilst the focus of the book is, of course, on the invention and development of powered and controlled flight, Lewis Helfand and Sankha Banerjee show us that the lives of the Wright brothers were every bit as interesting as the contribution they made to history. The story is skilfully told, giving the reader an understanding not just of what the Wrights did but of who they were; and the deftly sensitive - and beautifully coloured - illustrations communicate a real sense of both character and period. Books that - to quote Lord Reith – ‘inform, educate and entertain,’ as this one does are to be prized. Young readers will be both captivated and inspired by the lives of the Wright brothers, and that can only be a good thing." — Armadillo


"...a well presented and thought out account, leaving the reader wanting to explore more about some of the events described."

— School Librarian


"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature."

Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

About the Author

Lewis Helfand was born on April 27, 1978 in Philadelphia. With a political science degree and a passion for comic books, Lewis's first comic book was Wasted Minute, the story of a world without crime where superheroes are forced to work regular jobs. With the first issue well received, he was soon collaborating with other artists and released four more issues over the next few years.

Lewis continues to work as a freelance writer and reporter for a number of national print and online publications.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Campfire (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9380028466
  • ISBN-13: 978-9380028460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RPD on November 30, 2012
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Did not relalize that this was a comic book, Cover art caught my attention, the comic book artist has done a nice job of telling the tale of the Wright Brothers in an easy to understand manner with facts that I did not know. Great book for kids to DL and learn about the Wright brothers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheetal Bahl on January 26, 2012
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Firstly, I'm erring on the side of caution by giving this 3 stars - it's more like 3.5 - better than "ok", but not something I "like".

Pros: good script and writing. I expected the book to build up to and finish with the famous flight at Kitty Hawk, but it did much more. The book flashes back to the relevant sections of the brothers' childhood and adolescence, highlighting events and traits that eventually have a bearing upon their final adult achievements. And goes on to talk about how their lives unfolded after their first flight, pretty much all the way to the end. Learnt a number of interesting things I didn't know about them, for which I like the book.

Cons: the illustration. It's mediocre at its best times, and terrible at its worst. Over the first couple of pages, I couldn't even identify one brother from the other, and actually had to resort to distinguishing them on the basis of a mustache! This illustration is in the comic-book category, and hence takes away from the graphic novel significantly.

Worth a read overall, but read it for easy learning, not for great graphics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Hansberger on November 27, 2012
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good history. Very interesting and good graphics; would be great for getting young kids into history or if you want a fast, enjoyable read. Worth the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ervin on December 8, 2012
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This book was very well written and illustrated. An excellent choice. The historical references was out standing and wonderful to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Devdas Bhat on July 21, 2013
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But font was very small.
especially cannot read on Mobile phone.
I managed to read on Galaxy TAB.
Wish Kindle take heed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melyssa on July 15, 2013
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I think I was looking for a comic book comparable to sweet tooth and this was not it. If you are into history this is for you!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By norma farley on July 9, 2013
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The print is too small There is no way to make it larger to read Otherwise it might be all right
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Cook on February 21, 2013
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Excellent! The illustrations were really great and helped visualize the achievement of the the brothers. I really enjoyed it. Adults and children will like this book.
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