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You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
Contributor(s): Weatherford, Carole Boston (Author), Weatherford, Jeffery Boston (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1481449389     ISBN-13: 9781481449380
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
OUR PRICE: $15.29  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2016
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - Military & Wars
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry - General
Dewey: 811.6
LCCN: 2015012393
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 910(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 5.7" W x 7.8" (0.40 lbs) 96 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Chronological Period - 1940's
- Topical - Black History
- Geographic Orientation - Alabama
- Cultural Region - Western Europe
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Review Citations: School Library Journal 02/01/2016 pg. 126
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2016
Publishers Weekly 03/07/2016
Booklist 04/01/2016 pg. 36
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2016
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2016 pg. 151
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2016 pg. 202 - Superior,Well Above Average
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 183113
Reading Level: 6.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
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Publisher Description:
In this "masterful, inspiring evocation of an era" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford "wields the power of poetry to tell [the] gripping historical story" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of the Tuskegee Airmen.

I WANT YOU! says the poster of Uncle Sam. But if you're a young black man in 1940, he doesn't want you in the cockpit of a war plane. Yet you are determined not to let that stop your dream of flying.

So when you hear of a civilian pilot training program at Tuskegee Institute, you leap at the chance. Soon you are learning engineering and mechanics, how to communicate in code, how to read a map. At last the day you've longed for is here: you are flying!

From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American pilots of World War II. In vibrant second-person poems, Carole Boston Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly, too.

Contributor Bio(s): Weatherford, Jeffery Boston: - Jeffery Boston Weatherford created the scratchboard illustrations for You Can Fly using archival World War II photographs as reference. Jeffery studied art at Winston-Salem State University, where he was a Chancellor's Scholar, and at Howard University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts.Weatherford, Carole Boston: - Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Her recent books include By and By, The Roots of Rap, Be a King, How Sweet the Sound, In Your Hands, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.
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