Soar, Elinor! by Tami Lewis Brown

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Elinor Smith was six when she first went for a ride in a rickety “flying machine,” and she was just sixteen when she earned her aviation license in 1928. But not everyone thought that girls should fly. When male pilots and newspapermen mocked her, Elinor decided to perform an aerial maneuver they thought was impossible: flying under all four bridges that span New York City’s East River. Gorgeous sweeping illustrations by François Roca show how Elinor pulled off this risky feat skillfully and with style.


About Tami Lewis Brown

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TAMI LEWIS BROWN lives in Washington, D.C.  This is her first book. FRANÇOIS ROCA has illustrated many picture books, including Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince and Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World by Jonah Winter. He lives and works outside Paris, France.
Published October 12, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Elinor Smith died in March 2010 at the age of 98, but not before she had shared memories and memorabilia with the author, a licensed private pilot, who, with controlled passion, tells the story of the girl who, at age six in 1917, begged her father to allow her a ride in a biplane over the potato...

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