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Fly Girls Young Readers' Edition
How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
By (author): Keith O'Brien
9781328618429 Hardcover, Cloth over boards English Age (years) from 10 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women Mar 05, 2019 Print Run: 35000
$24.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.03 in | 420 gr 320 pages photographs Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HMH Books for Young Readers
From NPR correspondent Keith O’ Brien comes this thrilling Young Readers' edition of the untold story about pioneering women, including Amelia Earhart, who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s—and won.

In the years between World War I and World War II, airplane racing was one of the most popular sports in America. Thousands of fans flocked to multiday events, and the pilots who competed in these races were hailed as heroes. Well, the male pilots were hailed. Women who flew planes were often ridiculed by the press, and initially they weren’t invited to race. Yet a group of women were determined to take to the sky—no matter what. With guts and grit, they overcame incredible odds both on the ground and in the air to pursue their dreams of flying and racing planes.

Fly Girls follows the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a highâ??school dropout from North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama housewife; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, a daughter of Wall Street wealth who longed to live a life of her own; and Louise Thaden, who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men—and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest raceof all.

Complete with photographs and a glossary, Fly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history wherein tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.

Keith O’Brien is a journalist who has written for theNew York Times andPolitico and he’s a longtimecontributor to National Public Radio. His work has appeared on shows such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life. A former staff writer for theBoston Globe,Keith lives in New

Rep Pick: 20th century aviation history from the female pilots’ perspective. This is the story of the women pilots who joined the “boys” in the very popular sport of plane racing in the 1920s and ‘30s. A fascinating story of determined young women not to be denied their place in history. Just as Beryl Markham should be read by all young girls, so too should this book. For all those who loved Hidden Figures, here is a story of courageous liberated women ahead of their time. —Karen Stacey

"[A]n excellent adaptation of O’Brien’s original and exceptional Fly Girls....This compelling story will appeal to teen readers of all persuasions." —School Library Journal

"Accurate, deeply engrossing, and well-documented." —Kirkus

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