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The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

Hazel Ying Lee was born fearless — she was not afraid of anything, and the moment she took her first airplane ride, she knew where she belonged. When people scoffed at her dreams of becoming a pilot, Hazel wouldn't take no for an answer. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. It was a dangerous job, but Hazel flew with joy and boldness.

This picture book biography tells the inspiring story of the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military! Author Julie Leung simultaneously describes Lee's passion for flying and the realities of racial prejudice, while Julie Kwon's illustrations capture the feel of the 1940s and the wonder and joy of flight. This moving, true story about a groundbreaking figure will inspire young readers to challenge barriers and reach for the sky.

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"Through clear and concise text aimed at younger fluent readers, author Leung conveys Lee’s verve and passion for both flying and life while also conveying the full import of Lee’s accomplishments to both America and Americans of color. That Lee’s family fought for her to be buried in a Whites-only cemetery — and won — is a sad yet hopeful reflection on the trajectory of American social justice.... Another welcome biography of an Asian American contributor to U.S. history." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Julie Leung
Illustrator Julie Kwon
ISBN 0759554951
Publication Date Feb 2, 2021
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English