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"If you know of any girls who like to read, and to whom you would like to introduce the old-time series books that so many of us enjoy, I would gladly suggest that you consider these modern reprints. And, in fact, you might want to buy a second set for yourself."
"These books lend themselves very well to use as history supplements. . . . Of great value in these books is the section at the beginning entitled 'A Note from Aunt Claire' which provides excellent background information for the stories."
—Sallie Borrink, sallieborrink.com
"With so much of the middle-grade fiction published today full of themes entirely inappropriate for a sensitive six-year-old, books for an accelerated reader can be incredibly hard to find. . . . I'm so thankful for throwback chapter books, like these 1910 novels re-released under the series name Aunt Claire Presents, published by Laboratory Books. These books are big on adventure, but nil on romance—so perfect for my tiny, voracious reader."
—Gina Munsey, oaxacaborn.com
13 B&W illustrations
216 pages • 5½ × 8 in.
Ages 9–12 / Grades 4–6
Aunt Claire Presents
The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship
By Margaret Burnham
Introduction by Aunt Claire
This is one of the series books that American girls read for fun a century ago. It's not only a fast-paced tale of friendship and adventure, but also a piece of history that reveals many interesting things—good and bad—about our past.
Aunt Claire has combed through the attic of forgotten stories to rescue some good ones. Her third selection is The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship, originally published in 1911.
In this book, you will meet Peggy Prescott and her brother Roy, two orphans who drop out of school and spend every last dollar they have to fulfill their father's dying wish—to construct a new type of aeroplane, better and more reliable than any other. With the help of their best friends Jess and Jimsy, can they get their Golden Butterfly in the air and win the $5,000 Young Aviator's Prize before the scheming banker Simon Harding forecloses on their aunt's Long Island farm? Or will Simon's son Fanning carry off the prize with the Phantom Airship he's constructing in secret with his unsavory helpers?
Aunt Claire's illustrated introduction provides just the right amount of historical context for young readers: What was it like to fly in an airplane in 1911? Were there girl aviators in real life? And what can we learn from the mix of social attitudes displayed in the book?
Don't forget to look underneath the jacket to see the original cover from 1911!