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Race through the skies : the week the world learned to fly / by Martin W. Sandler.

Sandler, Martin W., (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library J 629.1309 SAN (Text) 33500013271903 New Available -
Hawley Public Library J 629.1309 SAN (Text) 33500013271895 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781547603442
  • ISBN: 1547603445
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10-14. Bloomsbury Children's Books.
Grades 4-6. Bloomsbury Children's Books.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1
    While many books about aviation celebrate heroic aviators and their daring achievements, Sandler focuses on the week that introduced aviation to the world. The National Book Award–winning author opens with a chapter that explains how the Wright Brothers' first-flight fame was actually questioned at the time and how it took Wilbur Wright's demonstrations in France in 1908 to help solidify their reputation. The detailed text further describes how Wright's visit and Louis Blériot's flight across the English Channel gave France's champagne-making companies the idea to host prize-winning competitions during the Great Aviation Week in Rheims, France, in 1909. Subsequent chapters highlight each day's adventurous competitors, spectacular events, near-deadly misses, and mounting audience enthusiasm. Most notable is the plethora of archival photographs that bring the text to life. Throughout the book and in a concluding chapter, Sandler emphasizes the impact of this monumental week on the future of aviation, including women aviators, air shows in the United States, and more famous flights. Brief summaries of the aviators' lives after the competition complete this fascinating history. Grades 6-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Martin W. Sandler is the National Book Award-winning author of 1919 The Year That Changed Anerica, Imprisoned, Lincoln Through the Lens, The Dust Bowl Through the Lens, and Kennedy Through the Lens. He has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and four of which were YALSA-Nonfiction Award finalists. Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College, and lives in Massachusetts.

Subject: Aeronautics > History > Juvenile literature.
Airplanes > History > Juvenile literature.
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 > Juvenile literature.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912 > Juvenile literature.
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912.
Genre: History.
Juvenile works.

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