|Aim for the Skies:
Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's
Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest
written by Aimée Bissonette
illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
Sleeping Bear Press
About the Book
Joan Merriam was 15 when she took her first plane ride in 1952. She got her pilot's license before she could even drive a car. And like Jerrie, Joan too was inspired by Earhart and wanted to circle the globe, following Earhart's exact route.
Years later, when both women begin to plan their dream flights, they are completely unaware of each other, and coincidentally pick the same time to depart. But when the media gets word of their plans, the stage is set for the race of a lifetime. This picture book retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.
“Aim for the Skies is a story in aviation history that absolutely should be told, and it has been fortunate enough to be placed in the hands of two people who are able to balance metal and heart just precisely right so as to let the suspense of the race provide a propulsive force to the very human story they are telling, instead of smothering the characters beneath it.”
Aimée Bissonette's photo by Sarah Pierce. Site maintained by Winding Oak.
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