WINGED VICTORY; The Story of Amy Johnson by Elizabeth Grey

WINGED VICTORY; The Story of Amy Johnson

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Amy Johnson flew into the headlines in 1930 when she travelled solo in her Tiger Moth biplane from England to Australia. She wasn't really one of the great pilots, but she was newsworthy, she caught public opinion, at the time, and she will capture the interests of girls in this well-handled biography. ""Amy was a very ordinary English girl"" is the author's candid assessment of her capabilities. But you can easily identify with her and admire her as she determinedly pushed her way into taking flying lessons, learned to be a mechanic, fought to get the necessary financial backing to make her notable solo flight, continued to make aviation records, and then contributed her services during the War. The viewpoint is very personal--the trip to Australia is described in close, always intriguing detail. Amy Johnson's private life is well handled too, especially her ill-fated, short marriage to Jim Mollison, another record-setting pilot. The writing is very British, but this won't bother teenage girls, who will find this the right mixture of feminine adventure and romance.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin