You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

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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: pioneering African-American pilots who triumphed in the skies and past the color barrier during World War II.
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.
Target age group 9-12
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  • Age Group
    9 to 12 yrs
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Grade Level
    3-5
  • Theme
    Poetry
  • Category
    Juvenile Fiction
  • Sub-Theme 1
    History
  • Sub-Theme 2
    United States - African-American
  • Author
    Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • Lexile Level
    910
  • AR Level
    6.0
  • Pages
    96
  • Publication Date
    7/4/2017
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Dimensions
    0.4 H x 7.5 L x 5.5 W
  • Case Qty
    68
  • Dewey
    50741
  • Weight
    0.25 lbs
  • ISBN-13
    9781481449397
  • ISBN-10
    1481449397
  • Item #
    50741
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: pioneering African-American pilots who triumphed in the skies and past the color barrier during World War II. 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. Target age group 9-12

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