This exciting nonfiction book invites the reader to witness the early days of aviation history by relating the story of the transatlantic flight that made Lindbergh a household name. Although many of today’s students may know who Charles Lindbergh was, the information about the other pilots who attempted the transatlantic crossing is not well-known. The fact that one of the aviators involved, Charles A. Levine, was Jewish provides the only Jewish content in this gripping story. The third adventurer in this 1927 race across the Atlantic for a $25,000 prize was the famous explorer, Richard Byrd. This well-researched story has all the adventure of a novel, but all the facts are documented and the text is sprinkled with archival photos and copies of telegrams and newspaper headlines. Although the Judaic content is thin, this book is an excellent example of nonfiction writing and is highly recommended. Ages 9 – 13.
Susan Dubin was the first librarian honored with a Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award. She is the owner/director of Off-the-Shelf Library Services and library instructional consultant at Valley Beth Shalom Day School in Encino, CA.