Books by Tami

map-of-meTwo sisters, one stolen car and a WHOLE FLOCK OF CHICKENS!

The note on the fridge says, “I HAVE TO GO.”

But where did Momma go?

Twelve-year-old Margie is convinced she knows the answer. Momma didn’t run away—she ran to the Rooster Romp at the International Poultry Hall of Fame, in search of a deluxe limited edition Henny Penny Coin Canister to add to her precious flock of chicken memorabilia. And it’s up to Margie to bring her home, coin canister and all. Margie has no choice but to “borrow” her Daddy’s Faithful Ford, kidnap her nine-year-old sister, Peep, and take to the open road.

On a long, rainy night, as she winds through the back roads of Kentucky with smarty-pants Peep criticizing her every move, Margie also travels along the highways and byways of her heart, mapping a course to  Momma—and herself.

The Map Of Me was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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What They’re Saying About THE MAP OF ME-

“Upon opening the cover of this slim gem of a novel, I was immediately drawn in by Margie’s authentic and forceful voice… Brown’s straightforward prose, short chapters, and engaging narrator are perfect for reluctant readers ages 9 to 12.”
– Ingram Reviews For The Youth Librarian

“Brown’s first novel, following her picture book debut, Soar, Elinor! (2010), combines pathos and humor for an emotionally resonant story… Margie (is) as sympathetic a criminal as any in children’s literature.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

“Feeling invisible and inferior to her brainy younger sister Peep, Margie Tempest discovers what she’s made of when she bravely takes her father’s car and, with her sister a protesting passenger, sets off to find their mother who has suddenly left… An adventure with a heart.”
– Kirkus

“I love this story. I felt like I was in the car with Margie and Peep, so strong was their yearning, so big were their hearts, so urgent was their mission.”
Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor Award winning author of THE UNDERNEATH

“A wonderful book. I love stories where children find the courage to teach the adults what they need to know.”
– Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award winning author of SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL

“It is beautiful. Margie’s voice is hers, but her feelings are universal. Who among us has never felt the sting of not being good enough or the green pang of watching a sibling favored? Margie’s on a Don Quixote quest, hopeless and love torn.”
– Catherine Linka, Children’s Book Buyer, The Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Soar-Elinor-Final-CoverHow will you celebrate Women’s History Month? Download a free Women’s History Month activity kit with a board game, seek and find, and more. (PDF download)

When old timers said airplanes are for men and boys ten-year-old Elinor Smith didn’t listen. When they said she couldn’t fly under New York’s East River bridges she said “Yes, I can!” Elinor climbed into the cockpit, broke world records and became a teenaged test pilot.

SOAR, ELINOR! is the true story of daring pioneer pilot Elinor Smith. It’s beautiful illustrations were painted by Francois Roca and it was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN 978-0374371159

SOAR, ELINOR! was named one of the Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books of 2010 and selected as one of 2011′s top 10 feminist books for children by the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project . It is a 2011 National Children’s Book Council/National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book for Young People.

In 1930, The New Yorker Magazine said “(F)eminism would do rather well to claim Miss Smith.”

Elinor Smith wasn’t just an aviation pioneer. She blazed a trail for women to be treated the same as men in the air and on the ground. What did it mean to be a feminist in 1930– and what does it mean today? Download a free Women’s History Month activity kit with a board game, seek and find, and more. (PDF download)

You can visit a Bellanca plane Elinor flew on line or in person at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Interviews? Vocabulary? Geography? Prose and poetry writing? Reading Comprehension? Fun, teacher and kid friendly SOAR, ELINOR! activities, keyed to current curriculum standards, including projects and discussion starters for older kids. Download the free curriculum guide here. (PDF download)

Elinor had her own weekly radio show. Click her publicity poster to connect to a 1920′s radio station with songs from the roaring 20′s.

Come into the cockpit!  Click this photo of an airshow at Roosevelt Field to connect to live broadcasts from air traffic control all over the U.S.

365 Days of Fantastic Female Flying Feats! Find my calendar of women’s aviation achievements here.

Actual newsreel footage of Elinor smashing the endurance record!

And more newsreels- Elinor flies high, achieving an altitude record!

“Look out Amelia Earhart… Debut author Brown skillfully builds suspense as Elinor studies each bridge, plans her route, and takes flight, leading to a nail-biting conclusion.”
– Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Brown’s prose is crystalline, lively and reads well aloud. Roca captures the air and sky beautifully”
– Kirkus

“Some people were born to fly, and Elinor Smith (1911-2010) was one of them. In her assured picture-book debut, Tami Lewis Brown introduces Elinor as a 6-year-old begging to ride in a biplane…[A]erial feats to merit a sequel to this book.”
– Washington Post

“The language of Washington author Tami Lewis Brown spins and soars in this picture-book biography of pioneering aviatrix Elinor Smith…”
– Washington Parent

“This is an excellent introduction to a lesser-known but fascinating adventurer.”
— School Library Journal

“Inspiration soars from every page.”
— Booklist

Junior Library Guild Selection and featured in Kirkus’ Fall Preview Supplement!

Fantastic reviews are rolling in for the French edition L’INCROYABLE EXPLOIT D’ELINORElinor Smith, née pour voler (Elinor Smith, born to fly) from Belgium’s Le Soir.

Vertigineux! (Breathtaking!) from France’s Telerama.

Un livre qui donne des ailes (A book that gives wings) from France’s Le Journal des Enfants