You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston WeatherfordYou Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

byCarole Boston WeatherfordIllustratorJeffery Boston Weatherford

Paperback | July 4, 2017

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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.
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: The 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, H...
Title:You Can Fly: The Tuskegee AirmenFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:96 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:July 4, 2017Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481449397

ISBN - 13:9781481449397

Appropriate for ages: 9


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"This volume offers a vivid, personal point of view. A welcome addition to traditional books on the Tuskegee Airmen."