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Billie Swift Takes Flight

Written by Iszi Lawrence

Part of the Flashbacks Series

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Billie Swift Takes Flight Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction Warfare & Battles

A wartime flying adventure with a difference

September 2012 Book of the Month

Billie Swift is quite a character and this World War Two story soars! Billie’s happier with her mum’s chickens than she is with other people and though she can’t see the point of school with its tests, is a quick learner especially when the subject is aeroplanes. An unplanned visit to the local airfield – a long story involving a crashed Spitfire – and a surprise meeting with Eleanor Roosevelt no less, leads Billie to start training with the Air Transport Auxiliary, joining other dynamic, determined young women flying planes across the UK.  Not only is there all the thrill of flying but an intriguing plotline about a possible spy too.  Lawrence has already proved that she’s a dab hand at bringing history to life with her debut The Unstoppable Letty Pegg, and here creates another likeable, original heroine in an atmospheric, action-packed adventure.

Andrea Reece

Billie Swift Takes Flight Synopsis

When twelve-year-old Billie is out exploring with her pet chicken, she sees a plane crash into a field and is left wondering if the pilot even survived. Determined to find out more, Billie finds a way into the ATA - a group of amazing pilots who defy the odds to get planes from the factories to the front lines - and her life changes for ever. 

Some of the pilots are men who are too old, or too injured for the air force. But many more are women. Intrepid, inspiring women who show Billie what she might grow up to become. With missions including ferrying turkeys over from Ireland and flying unfamiliar, broken planes, Billie is desperate to help.

But piloting fighter planes could turn out to be more than she bargained for...

A gripping, entertaining and empowering WWII adventure about the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, perfect for fans of Emma Carroll, Michael Morpurgo and Hilary McKay. The story of WWII starring the brilliant pilots you've never heard of... the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) who battled against the odds to get the air force's planes to the front lines.

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ISBN: 9781472988171
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472988171
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Iszi Lawrence
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction, Warfare & Battles
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: Armistice Day: A Collection of Remembrance - Spark Interest and Educate Children about Historical Moments,

About Iszi Lawrence

Iszi Lawrence is a comedian, podcaster and history presenter, and author of the historical adventure The Unstoppable Letty Pegg. She is the cohost of BBC Radio 4’s Making History and hosts a number of podcasts including the British Museum Membercast. Iszi is a dark blue belt in Japanese style Jiu Jitsu so she also spends time in the week helping to teach both short people (7-11 year olds) and grown ups how to punch her in the face. She dabbles in illustration, plays the guitar, likes cooking, dinosaurs and enjoys keeping fit. ...

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