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Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel

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On a clear morning in 1912, Harriet Quimby had a vision--she would become the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. If she were to veer off course by even five miles, she could end up in the North Sea, never to be heard from again. But she took the risk, anyway.
Bestselling author Marissa Moss and award-winning artist C. F. Payne team up to tell this little-k
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Feb 21, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This was another great book on Harriet Quimby, though this one is far more concentrated on the crossing of the English Channel. You might compare it with Robert Burleigh's Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic concerning Amelia Earhart Atlantic crossing or Flight concerning Charles Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing or Don Brown's Ruth Law Thrills a Nation concerning that aviator's travels from Chicago to New York. They are all excellent stories. I really liked the illustrations in this o ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We picked this book up at one of our local libraries on impulse. It was part of a display of books for Women's History Month (March). We didn't get around to reading the book until now, but I love sharing books about female aviators with our girls, since I also fly for a living.

I loved learning about a plucky, adventurous woman who is not nearly as well known as Amelia Earhart. It reminds me of books about lesser-known female aviators such as Katherine Stinson Otero: High Flyer and Fly High!: Th
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Oct 04, 2012 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it it was amazing
I love many of Marissa Moss's biographies about strong women. Her biographies are well written, inform and engage the reader. Moss often researches and uncovers interesting facts or little known details of amazing women from history. I love the author's notes that she often includes. This is a particular favorite w/ students 5thg and up b/c of the historical relevance of Harriet's first across the English Channel. Little know of Harriet's accomplishments, due to the fact that her news was oversh ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Michiko rated it really liked it
Harriet isn't going to allow others to stand in the way of her fulfilling her dreams. Despite the fact that women don't fly planes and no one believes she can do it, she is going to fly the English Channel. A story of a woman who demonstrates not only bravery but also integrity as she breaks down sexist barriers. During a time when women were seen as fragile and weaker than men, Harriet overcomes many social obstacles to achieve her goals. This book could be added to a set on women, women's righ ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Aimee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as told by Harriet Quimby, the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She is the narrator of the story, and upon reading her amazing historical tale I wondered why I had not heard of here before. Well, her feat coincided with another huge historical moment in history, but I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to find out for yourself. :)
Morgan Meyers
Apr 13, 2012 Morgan Meyers rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful non-fiction book that should be added to the elementary school read aloud collection! The story of Harriet was unknown to me, but was immediately intriguing and fun to read! Not only will the students be able to read about a real event, but they will also have opportunities to process through dreams, occupations, and adventure.
May 20, 2009 Tracy added it
Shelves: pioneers
* Pioneers
* First woman to apply for a pilot's licence
* First woman to fly solo over the English Channel
* Harriet Quimbly
* Gravestone "There is No Reason to be Afraid"
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First woman to fly the English Channel.
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Wow! Neat story!

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I’ve been making children’s books for a looooong time. I sent my first picture book to publishers when I was nine, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try again until I was a grown-up and then it took five years of sending out stories, getting them rejected, revising them and sending them back over and over until I got my first book. Now I’ve pub
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