Taking Flight: My Story

Taking Flight: My Story

by Vicki Van Meter, Dan Gutman
     
 

Written with humor and self-deprecating charm, Taking Flight is the story of how one ordinary girl dared to accomplish some extraordinary things. As told to acclaimed author Dan Gutman, Vicki's story is enthralling. She speaks of the goals she set, of her disappointments and remarkable achievements, and re-creates her two dramatic flights in vivid detail. See more details below

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Written with humor and self-deprecating charm, Taking Flight is the story of how one ordinary girl dared to accomplish some extraordinary things. As told to acclaimed author Dan Gutman, Vicki's story is enthralling. She speaks of the goals she set, of her disappointments and remarkable achievements, and re-creates her two dramatic flights in vivid detail.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Middle graders who dream of being at the controls when Taking Flight will enjoy learning how someone their own age came to pilot a plane across the Atlantic in 1994, when she was 14-years-old. With occasional excerpts from her family's diaries and her own, Vicki Van Meter and coauthor Dan Gutman recount Vicki's progress from student- to transatlantic-pilot (becoming the youngest girl, at age 12, to pilot across the U.S. in the process) with the enthusiasm and good humor of a bright young doer.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
As a twelve-year-old, Vicki has accomplished more than most of us will in a lifetime. She always wanted to be an astronaut, so at her father's suggestion she began to take flying lessons. From then on, there was no stopping her. First she flew cross-country and became the youngest girl to do so. Next she flew across the Atlantic in a single engine plane. Enjoy these remarkable adventures as Vicki tells them-filled with humor and plenty of detail.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-At 12, Vicki Van Meter became the youngest girl to have ever flown across both the continental U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean. The accomplished young aviatrix begins her first-person narrative by recounting how, at age 10, her father suggested she take flying lessons. She was interested in becoming an astronaut so flying proved to be a good fit for her, and gradually her ambitions were born. Throughout her account, Vicki proves herself to be an interesting, likable, and goal-oriented youngster. The continuity of her story, however, is disrupted by inclusions of comments from family and others involved in her adventures. These abrupt interruptions may prove confusing to readers and don't add greatly to the book. Nevertheless, Vicki is a wonderful role model for children. Her supportive family, school, and community also send an upbeat message. Additionally, readers will enjoy sharing in some of Vicki's instant-celebrity episodes and a few hair-raising flying crises. Technical lingo is kept to a minimum, and aeronautical terms, when used, are clearly explained. An entertaining and contemporary autobiography.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Hazel Rochman
At the age of 10, Vicki learned to fly; less than two years later, she became an international celebrity when she piloted a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. Kids will grab this account for the exciting facts about how to fly (what equipment you need, how the controls work, what happens when you take off and land, how you train, etc.) and also for the glorious adventure of the ordinary young girl who broke boundaries. Cowriter Gutman retains Vicki's unassuming voice, whether she's talking about problems with ice and altitude and turbulence, the difficulty of going to the bathroom in a plane, or the thrill of being in control while going 150 miles an hour. Occasional comments from Vicki's amazingly supportive family are interspersed with her personal narrative. There's no false modesty (she admits it was "kind of fun" to get all that attention), but she's able to laugh at herself (she knew that writing the school essay "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" would be a breeze). She tells readers to go for what they want to do and try. What makes her advice so convincing is that she's open about how hard that can be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670862603
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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