Fly, Girl, Fly! [hc]
Shaesta Waiz Soars around the World
Written by Nancy Roe Pimm [Ohio] & illustrated by Alexandra Bye
Shaesta Waiz, a refugee from Afghanistan, dreamed of doing great things. But first she had to leave a refugee camp with her family to make a new life in America, overcome gender stereotypes, be the first in her family to go to college, and overcome her fear of flying. After becoming a pilot, Shaesta made the flight of a lifetime by crossing five continents, making thirty stops in twenty-two countries across nearly 25,000 nautical miles. At the age of thirty, Shaesta was the youngest woman and the first from Afghanistan to circumnavigate the globe by herself in a single-engine aircraft.
Fly, Girl, Fly! is the first authorized picture book biography of Shaesta Waiz. Backmatter includes more information about Shaesta's mission to empower girls to pursue STEM careers, details about her historic trip around the world, information about her nonprofit organization Dreams Soar, and a personal note from Shaesta Waiz encouraging girls to pursue their dreams. 40 pages
"Waiz's story encourages children to never give up. This book could serve as an engaging read-aloud or an enjoyable solo reading experience... Readers will be inspired to chase their own dreams." -School Library Journal (Kindergarten-Grade 3)
September 22, 2020