You Can Fly

The Tuskegee Airmen

You Can Fly

For Ages: 9 - 12
  • 6
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.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 96 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481449397 | 
  • July 2017 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7
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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford

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 In Your HandsThe Legendary Miss Lena Horne, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, and How Sweet the Sound. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

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