Women pilots played an important part in World War II and a new children’s book brings this to life in a gripping and entertaining way.
Comedian, podcaster and history presenter Iszi Lawrence has written Billie Swift Takes Flight, which is aimed at 9 to 11 year-olds.
Published by Bloomsbury, the book tells the tale of 12 year-old Billie who is out exploring with her pet chicken when she sees a plane crash into a field.
Billie is left wondering whether the pilot has survived and determined to find out more, she finds a way into the Air Transport Auxiliary, a group of amazing pilots who defy the odds to get planes from factories to front lines and her life changes forever.
Some of the pilots are men, who are too old or too injured for the air force, but many more are women who prove to be inspiring, with missions including ferrying turkeys over from Ireland and flying unfamiliar broken planes.
Billie is determined to join this exciting world, but faces some uphill battles on the way.
A brilliant book to entice children into learning about history in a fun way.
Publication date: September 2021
UK Price: £6.99
Format: 198 x 129 mm, portrait format, paperback
Billie Swift Takes Flight
By Iszi Lawrence
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
For more information and to purchase a copy of the book, please visit: www.bloomsbury.com
Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.
Book image courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing and Spitfire image by Günter Lohmeyer from Pixabay
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