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Author: Phyllis Moses

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Publisher: Authorhouse (formerly 1st Books Library),

Material: paperback

Summary: It's 1900, and Orville and Wilbur Wright have come to Kitty Hawk to test their theories about flying machines. Young Joshua Morgan is intrigued by their work and becomes an integral part of all that happens. This is a middle reader chapter book offering a fictionalized tale of man's first powered flight.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 9; read yourself: 8 and 12

Interest Level: 8 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Teen STAR Review pending

Adult Reader Reaction: While easy to read, the story lacks a real punch. The story is hard to follow at times, as the author sometimes steps out of character to offer scene-setters and other external data.

Pros: There is enough historical fact to make the information valuable and memorable for kids. They just might be intrigued enough to want to learn more.

Cons: This isn't a page turner…but it could be.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It seems expensive given the content. It isn't likely to be a book that you'll return to.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CURIOSITY   INTRUDERS ON BATTLESHIP ISLAND (The Bayshore Mysteries)  

Educational Themes: Kids who love planes and flying will glean nuggets of aviation history.

Notes: This is also available as an e-Book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, science, middle grade, airplane

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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