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  • Written by Marissa Moss
    Illustrated by Carl Angel
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Sky High

The True Story of Maggie Gee

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When I was little, something special happened every Sunday. Other families went to baseball games or the movies, but not mine . . . We went to watch the airplanes. . . .

Maggie dreamed of flying--just like her favorite pilot, Amelia Earhart. She told her brothers and sisters stories of flying across oceans and deserts, and all around the world. But in the 1920s and 1930s, few girls took to the sky.

Then, when Maggie grew up, her whole world changed overnight: the United States entered World War II, and everyone in her family was affected. Maggie knew that this was the time to support her country--and it was her chance to fly. Young Maggie Gee became one of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots to serve in WWII.

Based on the true adventures of a girl not bound by gravity, Marissa Moss's stirring story and Carl Angel's brilliant illustrations depict what determination, bravery, and boundless possibilities look like when dreams are allowed to soar sky high.


WHEN I WAS LITTLE, something special happened every Sunday. Other families went to baseball games or the movies, but not mine. Instead we would drive out to the airport. We weren't going on a trip or meeting someone from a flight. We went to watch the airplanes. For us, nothing could be as exciting as watching the planes take off. We loved how they bumped clumsily along the runway, only to suddenly leap up, break free from the ground, and soar away, far away, until the black speck of the plane disappeared. My brothers, sisters, and I would lick our only-on-Sunday lollipops and tip our heads back, letting the roar of the engines fill our ears. I loved how the vibrations echoed in my bones. Just being there, being part of it all, made me feel big and powerful.

I liked to search for my favorite pilot, Amelia Earhart. She had flown all the way across the ocean by herself, and I wanted to be just like her. Once I'm sure I saw her. When I waved, she saw me and waved back. It had to be her--I didn't know of any other women pilots back then. Just Amelia Earhart. And me. Well, I would be a pilot someday.
Marissa Moss|Carl Angel|Author Q&A

About Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss - Sky High
Marissa Moss sent her first picture book to publishers when she was nine. Although that early work didn't get published, she has since written and illustrated more than forty books, and is especially known for the Amelia's Notebook series. Marissa lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

About Carl Angel

Carl Angel - Sky High
Carl Angel is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii. He was born in Bainbridge, Maryland, and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended California College of Arts and Crafts from 1986-1988 before transferring over to the Academy of Art College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration in 1991.

Author Q&A

1. How long did it take you to write this book?
This book took ten years, off and on, the longest I’ve ever worked on a book!

2. When did you know you were a writer?
I sent my first book to publishers when I was 9, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try to send work out again until I was a grown-up.

3. What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Maggie! She’s an amazingly strong, focused woman. After she broke with family tradition and became a pilot, she went to school and became a physicist, working at the Lawrence Livermore Labs on defense programs. She wasn’t content to break one barrier — she broke two!

4. Do you have any hobbies?
I swim with a master’s team. It’s a great way to get ideas, so I always keep a notebook in my swim jacket.

5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. There was no fallback plan. If I hadn’t gotten my first book, I’d still be waiting tables!



Starred Review, Booklist:
"There are a number of biographies of women pilots, and a few books about Women Airforce Pilots (WASP), including a novel for older readers, Sherri L. Smith's Flygirl (2009). This particularly well-crafted picture book for middle grades comes to the subject through Maggie Gee, a young girl with a dream....Based on interviews with Gee, this has a lovely, personal feel to it."

Review, Publishers Weekly:
"A triumphant story of determination."

Review, San Francisco Chronicle:
"The acrylic and colored-pencil art warmly emphasizes changing skies and layers of story, especially those about the lofty goals and indomitable grit that characterize Gee's life."

Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"An inspirational tale of an inspirational woman.

Review, School Library Journal:
"Rendered in acrylics and colored pencil, the colorful double-page illustrations are filled with detail and vibrantly depict the settings and events… This story should serve as inspiration for children that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to."

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