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Soar, Elinor!

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Exciting bio of '20s female pilot who found fame with stunt.

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SOAR, ELINOR is an inspiring, exciting, beautifully illustrated picture book biography. Not only does it show a brave, talented girl defying gender bias, it also tells a rollicking good story of someone training hard for a goal and bravely attempting a record-breaking feat. The author's play by play as Elinor takes on each bridge in her daring journey is suspenseful and thrilling. Francois Roca's stunning paintings capture both the era and the determination of this amazing young woman.

An Author's Note gives more biographical infromation about Elinor's life after her bridges stunt, including the fact that in 2000, at age 89, she "flew" the NASA Space Shuttle Simulator. In a note about her sources, author Tami Lewis Brown, a licensed pilot, recalls long interviews with Elinor and her son Patrick Sullivan, during which "I held her goggles to my face and wore her flight helmet." As part of her research, Brown and her 10-year-old son flew -- and did loops and spins in -- an antique plane similar to Elinor's.

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