for Young Readers
Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
by Jeffery Boston Weatherford
Simon & Schuster...
“masterful, inspiring evocation of an era” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), award-winning author Carole Boston
Weatherford “wields the power of poetry to tell [the] gripping
historical story” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneering
African-American pilots who triumphed in the skies and past the color
barrier during World War II.
I WANT YOU! says the
poster of Uncle Sam. But if you’re a young black man in 1940, he
doesn’t want you in the cockpit of a war plane. Yet you are determined
not to let that stop your dream of flying.
So when you hear of a civilian pilot training program at Tuskegee
Institute, you leap at the chance. Soon you are learning engineering and
mechanics, how to communicate in code, how to read a map. At last the day
you’ve longed for is here: you are flying!
From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this
is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American
pilots of World War II. In vibrant second-person poems, Carole Boston
Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery
Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly,
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