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Fearless Flyer

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Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine
by Heather Lang, illustrated by Raul Colon
Calkins Creek 2016
On November 19, 1916, at 8:25 a.m., Ruth Law took off on a flight that aviation experts thought was doomed. She set off to fly nonstop from Chicago to New York City. Sitting at the controls of her small bi-plane, exposed to the elements, Law battled fierce winds and numbing cold. When her engine ran out of fuel, she glided for two miles and landed at Hornell, New York. Even though she fell short of her goal, she had broken the existing cross-country distance record. And with her plane refueled, she got back in the air and headed for New York City where crowds waited to greet her.

Book Trailers 1 

Discussion Questions/Guides
Discussion & Activity Guide from Heather Lang.

Author Information
Heather Lang’s Website. Facebook. Twitter.
Author Interview. Another. Another. Another.

Related Activities & Curriculum Connections
Teaching STEM Literacy: A Constructivist Approach for Ages 3 to 8 [Book] by Juliana Texley & Ruth M. Ruud (Redleaf Press, 2017).

Reading Levels
: x Accelerated Reader: Level . Reading Counts: Level .

Booklist*. BookPage. BulletinR. Kirkus Reviews. Publisher’s Weekly. SLJ*.
Blogs: Book Dragon*. LibrisNotes. Nonfiction Detectives. Wonders in the Dark.

Things and Events Mentioned in the Book
New York Times November 19, 1916. Glenn Curtiss. Victor Carlstrom.

Honoring a ‘Fearless Flyer’
by Ryan Papaserge, The Evening Tribune, June 13, 2016
Ruth Law Oliver: An American Aviatrix by Kayleigh DeMace at Aviation Oil Outlet, November 30, 2016
This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Her by Eliza McGraw at Smithsonian, March 22, 2017
She Awed the Country Before Amelia Earhart Even Took to the Skies by Eliza McGraw in the Washington Post, Januay 6, 2019

Other Books to About or Including Ruth Law
This appears to be the only other children’s book about Ruth Law:
Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown (Ticknor & Fields, 1993)

Other children’s books:
Females in Flight: Stories of Amazing Women Aviators selected by Michelle Biwer, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, May 2016

Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation by Eileen Lebow (Brassey’s, 2002)

Awards & Recognition for the Book
Amelia Bloomer Project List 2017 (ALA). Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 (NCSS). Best STEM Book 2017 (NSTA).
CCBC Choices 2017 list
Bank Street’s 2017 Best Children’s Books of the Year.
Crystal Kite Award 2017 (SCBWI).
Paterson Prize 2017, Honorable Mention.


Videos About Ruth Law

Places to Visit 
The Museum of Woman Pilots in Oklahoma

Bibliography From the Book:
Ruth Law Ends Her Flight Here by Blanche Brace in the New York Tribune, November 21, 1916
Opal from Husband’s Ring, Gift on Her Wedding Day, Woman Flyer’s Luck Stone by Nizola Greeley-Smith in The Evening World [New York], November 21, 1916
Flying With Ruth Law: My Most Thrilling Flight by Ruth Law in The Evening Tribune
Miss Law Tells of Her Record Flight; To Try Non-Stop New York Trip Next by Ruth Law in The New York Times, November 20, 1916
Nerviest Girl Aviator and Her Thrilling Feats in Mid-air no info, from Ruth Law’s Scrapbook
Ruth Law Arrives Here in Daring Voyage Made Mostly at 103-Mile Clip in The Evening World, November 20, 1916
Ruth Law Lands Here From Chicago in Record Flight in The New York Times, November 21, 1916
Ruth Law’s Record Breaking Flight in Flying [New York], December 1916
The Reminiscences of Ruth Law (April 1960) in the Columbia Center for Oral History Collection
Women as Aviators in Colorado Springs Gazette, December 21, 1917

Available in These CT Libraries:
Berlin ; Brookfield ; Columbia ; Coventry ; Danbury ; Darien ; East Hampton ; ECSU ; Fairfield ; Glastonbury ; Greenwich ; Guilford ; Hamden ; Lebanon – Elementary School ; Lyme ; Manchester ; New Canaan ; New Hartford ; Newtown ; North Haven ; Norwalk ; Plainville ; SCSU ; Shelton ; Stamford ; Wallingford ; West Hartford – Duffy Elementary ; Westport ; Wilton ; Woodbridge ; Woodbury



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