Marion Babe Weyant Worked Hard To Fly High

September 1, 1933 Sixteen-year old Marion “Babe” Weyant wrote to Amelia Earhart asking how she could become a pilot. Earhart responded “I believe that if you are not afraid to work very hard and really wish to enter aviation, you will be able to do so some day.” Weyant did work hard and she did become a great pilot. She’d gone up the first time when she convinced her 87 year old grandfather to attend an air circus to win the oldest attendee prize. She earned flying lesson money selling soda pop to pilots and eventually qualified as a flight instructor herself. She was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in 1988.

The Map Of Me

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

Gladys O’Donnell Is FAST

August 30, 1932 Female pilots competing for the Cleveland Air Races’ Aerol Trophy took off into a thunderstorm. Gladys O’Donnell won the race, flying the great racer “Ike” a Howard DGA-4 designed by Ben Howard.

Hooray for Hilda Hewlett

August 29, 1911 Hilda Hewlett became the first British woman to earn a pilot’s license. By September she was flying in air shows and the next year she started an aircraft manufacturing business and the first successful flight school. Despite (or maybe because of) her fame, Hewlett’s unsupportive husband said “Women will never be as successful in aviation as men. They have not the right kind of nerve.”

Jessie Woods, Love Is In The Air

August 28, 1928 Daredevil Jessie Woods eloped with her boyfriend Jimmie. The pair founded the Flying Aces Air Circus, performing until 1938. Jessie flew planes, performing dangerous landings, walked on the wings and parachuted. She was known for dangling by her knees from an airborne ladder.  4th to 6th grade girls can apply for a space camp scholarship in Jessie Wood’s honor, sponsored by the Ninety Nines (contact me if you know a girl who’d like to apply!)

Captain Lennie Sorenson Takes It Up

August 27, 1987 Continental Airlines Captain Lennie Sorenson led the first all female wide-body flight crew in a DC-10. Also serving were First Officer Dorothy Clegg, and Flight Engineer Karlene Cipriano.


Triple Amazing Sarah Lochner!

August 26, 2008 17-year-old Sarah Lochner accomplished an amazing aviation triple play. After passing her check-ride and earning her license for flying a single-engine land plane she passed the test for water-craft flying a float plane. And only four days later she received her multi-engine rating.

Amelia Earhart Coast To Coast

August 25, 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the U.S. when she traveled from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey in a little over 19 hours. Her Lockheed Vega, called “The Little Red Bus,” is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Go Jackie Cochran Go!

August 24, 1961 Jacqueline Cochran set a speed record in a Northrop T-38A Talon, and began a record breaking flurry. By October 12, she flown that plane for records for altitude (56,071 feet), distance (1,492 miles), 100-km (62.14 mi.) closed circuit speed record (784.337 mph) and 15-km (9.32 mi.) course speed (844.2 mph).