Flying Against the Wind

A Story about Beryl Markham

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Born in England and raised in the bush of East Africa, Beryl Markham was an extraordinary child—and lived an extraordinary life. She learned how to train racehorses from her father and became the first woman to succeed in Kenya’s competitive racing circuit. When an airplane came to Africa, Beryl learned to fly. After a few years of carrying mail and passengers, she decided to take on the Atlantic Ocean. As the first person to fly non-stop from England to North America, Beryl Markham proved that no matter what the challenge, she was not afraid to fly against the wind.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.9
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007120, JNF007020
Dewey 629.13'092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 980
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 4367
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Shelly O. Haas

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Creative Minds Biographies

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“This will appeal to aviation history buffs and those looking for stories about strong women.”

Kirkus Reviews

“. . .an enticing view of aviator and writer Beryl Markham.”
Kirkus Reviews