Featured books by Matthew Clark Smith

Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

By: Matthew Clark Smith
Illustrated by: Matt Tavares
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Sophie admired Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the first man to cross the English Channel in a hot air balloon. She would marry him and become the first woman to first fly solo in a balloon after her husband’s death. Colorful illustrations dramatically bring 18th century France to life; when coupled with an action-paced text Sophie and her bravery come into crisp focus.

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