Girl with Wings by Jennifer Bradley
Published by JoJo Publishing
'Girl with Wings' is a fictional story that connects real events occurring after the first World War, tying in a strong female character determined to become a pilot in Australia's rising aviation industry.
Jessica Mackay lives in Narromine, New South Wales. In 1929 at the age of nine, she has a deep fascination with aircraft and longs to be a pilot. Her family are traditional with stern rules, and in particular her Grandfather who believes women have a certain place and flying is not one of them. But Jessica, without making waves, persists with her dream and becomes an apprentice and junior member of the Aero Club.
Throughout her schooling years, Jessica faces plenty of exhilirating challenges and wonderful opportunities. Over the course of nine years, she delights in many joy rides, flight training courses, and meetings with famous pilots, including Air Commodore Charles Kingsford Smith, Jean Batten and Nancy Bird. She tackles her first solo flight at the age of sixteen, and at the air pageant in 1938, Jessica hopes her air skills make an impression to forge her career in aviation. But the people she impresses most are her family, and an approving nod from her Grandfather adds to the sense of pride and elation she feels in that moment.
Jennifer Bradley has written this story with a solid sense of customary values and way of life back in the 1920s and 30s. Within the context of the emotive journey for this young girl, Bradley has also incorporated facts about the background of aircraft, names, places and people associated with the aviation industry.
'Girl with Wings' is a fascinating, well-paced story perfect for steering Australian history studies and guiding readers from age 11 with a particular interest in piloting and aeroplanes.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jennifer Bradley
Illustrator: Rob Cowan
Title: Girl with Wings
Publisher: JoJo Publishing
Published: March 2015