Born To Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America

Written by Steve Sheinkin, Illustrated by Bijou Karman

Who knew there was a women’s air derby, the first women’s air race across America, in 1929? I certainly didn’t. In fact, the only woman who competed in the race that I was familiar with before reading this book is Amelia Earhart. This story is filled with true stories of brave women who overcame great obstacles to finish this race. In a time when women were discouraged from even flying planes at all, this derby brought a lot of attention to the amazing women that succeeded in crossing America in a grand race. One death, several disqualifications, and 15 out of 20 finishers gave the world proof that, even through great difficulties plagued these pilots, they were able to finish and finish well. These women are inspiring in so many ways. The story was almost like a mystery/adventure novel, except it was all documented and really happened. I really enjoyed reading it.

Reviewed by Merri Rygg, Librarian, Truman Elementary
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Review Shared in February 2020
Interest Level: Grades 6-12

Born To Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America
Written by Steve Sheinkin, Illustrated by Bijou Karman
Roaring Brook Press
276 pages
Release Date: September 24, 2019
ISBN: 9781626721302
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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