Fly, Girl, Fly! Shaesta Waiz Soars Around the World | Nancy Roe Pimm


Fly, Girl, Fly! Shaesta Waiz Soars Around the World by Nancy Roe Pimm

Illustrated by Alexandra Bye 

Beaming Books, Releases September 22, 2020, 40 pages 

About the Author: “Nancy Roe Pimm is an award-winning author of many books and articles for children. In addition to Fly, Girl, Fly!, Pimm is the author of the middle-grade biography The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo around the World. She and her retired racecar-driver husband Ed Pimm live in Plain City, Ohio. They have three daughters and two grandsons. Nancy and Ed share their home with two dogs, one cat, and one snake.” (Bio provided by Beaming Books publicist.) 


Twitter: @Nancyroepimm


About the Illustrator: “Alexandra Bye is a New England local who works as a full-time freelance illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of platforms such as publication, editorial, and advertising. Her work is constantly inspired by her community and reflects her passion for color, people, and the outdoors. She enjoys balancing her creative time with mountain biking, paddle boarding, cooking, and hiking with her dog.” (Bio provided by Beaming Books publicist.) 


Instagram: @alexandrabye 

“They celebrated a girl with a dream, who dared to say that girls can soar and follow their hearts, wherever it may take them.” 

Born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan, Shaesta Waiz moved to the United States with her family at a young age. Growing up in California, she dreamed of accomplishing great things. So after graduating from high school, Shaesta set her sights on the skies above. While she faced both sexism in a male-dominated profession and a personal fear of flying, Shaesta studied hard and never stopped believing in herself. One day, she would make history as the youngest woman and the first from Afghanistan to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. 

As the first authorized picture book biography of Shaesta Waiz’s remarkable story, Fly, Girl, Fly! Shaesta Waiz Soars Around the World is an inspiring tale of one young woman’s fearless determination, proving that the sky really is the limit when it comes to achieving your dreams. Witness Waiz’s upbringing and eventual journey around the globe, inspiring the children she meets along the way as she soars into history beside other legendary female pilots like Amelia Earhart and Jerrie Mock. At the end, enjoy both an author’s note about Waiz’s legacy and a message from the revolutionary pilot herself. Fiercely feminist and visually stunning, Fly, Girl, Fly! will empower readers everywhere, especially young girls, to dream big and reach for the stars. 

Fly, Girl, Fly! Shaesta Waiz Soars Around the World releases on September 22, 2020. 

(Pine Reads Review would like to thank Beaming Books for providing us with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change.) 

PRR Assistant Director, Hannah Miller 

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