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Tiny Jumper

How Tiny Broadwick Created the Parachute Rip Cord

Illustrated by Maithili Joshi
Published by little bee books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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This thrilling biography tells the story of Tiny Broadwick, the first woman to ever parachute from a plane and the inventor of the parachute rip cord, and how her determination, courage, adventurousness, and joy in doing what she loved lifted her up to stand as tall as a pioneer in flight.

The crack of a pistol shattered the silence-
Tiny's signal to jump.
Her hands trembled as she cut her parachute away from the balloon.

Tiny Broadwick, a teeny, uneducated mill girl, had big dreams of soaring above the earth, out of poverty, and above expectations. She became the first woman to parachute from an airplane, and her idea for the rip cord paved the way for pilots to safely escape in-flight emergencies.

This thrilling biography shows how Tiny's determination, courage, adventurousness, and joy lifted her up to stand tall as a pioneer in flight.

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Readers will come away in awe of her outsize courage and determination.


A well-executed biography of an extraordinary woman.

– Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Dahl's fast-paced narrative is interspersed with quotes from her subject . . . and contemporaries, adding color and immediacy.

– Horn Book Magazine

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