Wings to Fly
Written by Celia Barker Lottridge
Publication Date November 01, 2007
Winner of the IODE National Chapter Violet Downey Book Award
This sequel to Ticket to Curlew finds eleven-year-old Josie well settled in her new home, but she's never had a friend her own age. So when a girl named Margaret moves to the area from England, Josie is glad to have someone with whom she can ride to school, explore the mysterious, abandoned silver house and dream about the future.
But what does the future hold for a young girl in 1918? Could Josie fly airplanes like Katherine Stinson, her heroine? Will she be a teacher like Miss Barnett? What would it be like to be Margaret's sad mother, who can't bear to unpack her fine English china in the crude sod house that is her new prairie home?
Winner of the Violet Downey Book Award 1998
Short-listed for the Hackmatack Award 2000
Celia Barker Lottridge
Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books, including Ticket to Curlew (winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog (nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Book starred review) and Stories from the Life of Jesus (Publishers Weekly starred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountains after hearing her mother's stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter's written by Celia's aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.
"[An] exceptional story." Children's Bookwatch
"It is fact, as much as fiction, that makes Wings to Fly so rich." Globe and Mail
"Lottridge...reminds us that some of life's sweetest moments are not the ones we plot out, but the ones we stumble over." Toronto Star