Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

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Author: Steve Sheinkin

Illustrator: Bijou Karman

Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first official women-only air race across the US.

Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations of young women; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane with her own hands before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who bravely shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who made headlines at age seventeen when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Nonfiction powerhouse Steve Sheinkin deftly weaves together the stories of these women, culminating in a suspenseful, nail-biting air race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying.