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The Wright Sister

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Published in time for the 100th anniversary of the first flight, here is the first complete biography of the Wright Brothers' sister. Beloved sibling, confidant, and caregiver, Katharine managed many of her brothers' affairs. Based on a thorough study of her personal papers and the Wright archives, The Wright Sister tells a touching personal story, and casts a uniquely int
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 24th 2003 by Roaring Brook Press
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Nov 08, 2008 Mahrya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 9-14
Shelves: juvenilia
Maurer, Richard. The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright and her Famous Brothers, Roaring Brook Press, 127 pages. Non-fiction biography.

Description: This biographical book tells the story of Orville and Wilber Wright's sister, Katharine, from her childhood through her time at Oberlin College to her years of assisting her brothers with their flying machines.

Review: The Wright Sister offers a new perspective on the Wright Brothers and goes far beyond the famous story of the first flight at Kitty Hawk
Alyssa Peters
Alyssa Peters
This book is about Kathering Wright. She was the sister of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who were the men who had the first successful airplane flight in 1903. Katehrine was actually a teacher in Dayton, Ohio. Katehrine actually wtraveled with her brothers to help promote their invention of the airplane. She gave up her teaching career. She married a man later in life that she had actually meant when she was in college. Wilbur died and Orville was left to depend
Whitney Summers
I read this book because reading an informational text was required. However the title of this text interested me. This book is about the Wright brothers sister and her life. Including her contribution to the Wright brothers business and evolutionary invention. It was interesting for the first couple chapters or sections, but after a while it seemed like over kill. Because it was an informational text it had the same sense and feel of a textbook, which are completely boring to read. Overall grea ...more
Sheng Yang
I chose this book, because I'm actually interested in learning about the Wright Sister. The book was great, it is a informational book so there are a lot of text. I feel like if I were to do a research on the Wright Sister, I would use this book. It is filled with lots of information. I liked how the book is written from beginning to ending. The accomplishments and pictures are also mentioned and seen in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone, who is interested in the Wright Sisters or ...more
This book was very interesting. I loved learning about Katherine and her role that she played in history. It was a whole new perspective on the story of the Wright brothers creating flight. It is always good to know that women even in those days, had an important role to play -even if they do not always get acknowledged till much later on. It was a quick read, and the pictures were fascinating to examine. I recommend this to 14 year olds, especially girls.

Warnings: death, going against society,
Mandy Eastwood
I really enjoyed this story. I feel as though Katherine and I would be good friends. It was well written, interesting, informative and engaging.I felt like I got a much greater appreciation and understanding for the Wright brothers and their magnificent creation. Their sister Katherine was an incredible and inspiring woman who worked hard to keep her family happy. She was fun loving and a good friend and though she would never admit it, she deserves as much credit as her brothers for helping to ...more
This is my biography book that I decided to read. I didn't know anything about the Wright brothers to begin with, let alone their sister, expect for they invented the airplane. So this was a very informative book to me, teaching me something that is a major part of our history. The format just went through her life from beginning to end, and included a lot of pictures, that were really interesting.

Katherine Wright is a very strong, amiable character. Throughout the book, you read about her humor
Cory Hernandez
In my opinion, The Wright Sister was just an "ok" book. The pictures were nice and it was interesting to see another point of view on the very famous brothers. However, I feel that the book still talked about her two brothers more than it talked about her life. As I said, I enjoyed the pictures because it was something that I had never seen before. They captured the real life of the Wright family and it was nice to experience. I thought the book was very professionally done. Richard Maurer wrote ...more
Catelynn Hodges
This book was funny, entertaining, and a joy to read. Growing up, I never knew about that the Wright brothers even had a sister! This was extremely enlightening to me. I enjoyed the little stories about Katherine and her relationship with her father. I am a HUGE daddy's girl and this really touched me. I would recommend this book for 7th grade and up.


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Wonderful book about Katharine Wright, sister of Wilbur and Orville. She displays strong moral character throughout her life which makes this book a particularly good read for young women. In a time before women had the right to vote, Katharine did not shun her "traditional" female role in her family but rather excelled in many things while serving them. She was the only Wright to actually graduate from college with a degree! Additionally, though she wanted to be a teacher she took on the role o ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Diane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history lovers
I was looking for a biography of the Wright Brothers for use in class, but all the books about the Wright boys were too technical and detailed in terms of flight. This book contains the requisite explanations of the Wright's flight innovations, but it's more relational and gives a look at the whole family -- brothers, father, and mother as well as Katherine's life long friends. Everyone makes sacrifices for the family and they were close in a way families rarely are today. The contrast of the hi ...more
Ruth Ellen
a very insightful look into the life of Katherine Wright. the sister to the Wright Brothers. I really enjoyed reading about her work.
This book was so fun to read! It brought to life Katharine and her much more well-know brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright. She played an integral part throughout their flying trials, errors, successes and was a very lively person to read about as well. As you read it is obvious that Richard Maurer is a fan of Katharine, but I felt like he did a great job on showing all facets of her life as well as her brothers and father too. There a lot of great pictures too, I especially like the one of Kath ...more
If two wrongs don't make a right, what do two (w)rights make? ....Give up? A Airplane! Hahaha.
This book was one that really got me into it pretty quick. You learn about Katherine, the younger sister of the Wright Brothers and their invention of the airplane. It takes you on the journey following her as you learn about what it was like to be their younger sister and the process of them creating what they did. I learned so much. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures that are included because i
Carrie Jenkins
I am doing a Project on Katherine Wright and this book is very informational. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the wright brothers and their sister.
I am currently on page 40. The beggining of the book mostly talks about Katherine's life. And her brothers. It don't talk much about contributions to history or obsticals faced. I think that it will talk more about that near the end. I'm excited to see what happened to her during her life.
David Schultz
An interesting Biography that follows the story of Katharine Wright, sister to the Wright Brothers. It chronicles her commitment to her brothers and the things she did to help them. but, it also follows her personal life and tells us of the things that occured throughout it.

Several accidents occur and there is some death mentioned.

people are said to get married and have children

swearing- 0

no real swear words.
Mar 12, 2012 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sue by: Leslie
Fascinating bio of the little-known, but accomplished, sister of the Wright brothers. She graduated from college at a time when women rarely did that, had a career as a high school Latin teacher, served as secretary to the brothers when they became famous, was a trustee of Oberlin College, and had an interesting life. Well-written bio for young people and good glimpse at the beginnings of aviation.
I thought that this book was interesting, I did not even know that the Wright brothers had a sister! It is not a short read at all and can get boring at some points, but it was good. The pictures are interesting to look at it and I enjoyed reading it.

Ages 12+
Sex: None
Violence: None
Language: None
Alcohol: None
Suzette Kunz
This young adult nonfiction book tells the story of Katherine Wright, sister to the famous Wilbur and Orville. This is so well written and researched and avoids the heavy-handedness I see in some YA nonfiction. I learned a lot about the brothers in the process, but from Katherine's perspective. Really enjoyed it.
An interesting book. I didn't know that the Wright Brothers even had a Sister. It was interesting to see the role she played in their success. I also got to know more about the Wright Brothers as well since I have only had the general education of their lives and achievements.
I enjoyed learning about this sister of the famous Wright brothers, along with some of their families story. I am so glad this book was written and published. I appreciated seeing how much good she did in her seemingly small sphere of influence.
Amaree Wright
This was a little slow, but it was a different look at the life of the the Wright brothers through the lens of their sister Katherine. Some of the information I found interesting but some of it I just wanted to get through really fast.
Lori Shook
A good resource for teachers. This book is a bit verbose for elementary students. However, it is still good to have on hand since many people do not know the Wright Brothers had a sister and that she made many sacrifices for her brothers.
wonderful, wonderful. I found this gem while shelving biography books at the elementary school. Well written and Orv and Will's sister deserved a book, indeed!!!
Apryl Mason
This was fascinating! A biography of Katherine Wright, sister to the Wright brothers. Perfect for older kids. I loved it.
I loved this book about Orville and Wilbur Wright's sister!
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2004-2005
interesting; great photos accompanied text
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