Sunday, 20 January 2019

Alison Wilgus

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Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared



For FLYING MACHINES: HOW THE WRIGHT BROTHERS SOARED, written by Alison Wilgus & illustrated by Molly Brooks 

“Not only does it make the mechanical and technical details about flight interesting to the non-scientifically minded (which would be me), it shows the Wright siblings as interesting characters in the competitive drama of early aviation on both sides of the Atlantic. Highly recommended not just to science-minded kids, but to any curious young readers who enjoy graphic novels.”

B&N Kids Blog

“An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight.”


“Two accomplished cartoonists offer a fresh take on the story of the Wright brothers.”

School Library Journal

“I was charmed from the beginning, with the choice to have the story narrated by Katharine Wright, sister of the famous airplane inventors the Wright Brothers.”

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Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, is told in the delightful voice of Katherine Wright, the younger sister of the famous brothers…Although I know the basic story of the Wright brothers, reading this graphic novel filled in all the gaps of the evolution of our modern-day jets. ”

Geek Mom

“Together, art and story in Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared, combine to create quite the educational experience.”

Open Book Society

“I felt that the artwork was vibrant and expressive, and it revels in depicting the various flying machines of the day. The story humanizes the achievements of some grand historical figures and also puts their work into historical context.”

Graphic Novel Resources

“There’s an incredible amount of detail in this volume- aviation enthusiasts will love it…Providing readers with a look into history and aviation technology, Science Comics: Flying Machines is a solid add to STEM collections and reinforces the fact that comic books DO belong in the classroom.”

Mom Read It

“I can really see these books being useful for science teachers or homeschool parents to build lesson plans (especially with the bibliography, glossary, and notes inclusions at the end of the texts), or as wonderful gifts for curious scientifically-minded young readers to learn independently, because of the lively dialogue and colorful illustrations. But, even as someone who isn’t particularly interested in flight, and who read the book as an adult, the strong partnership of Wilgus’ writing and Brooks’ illustrations kept me hooked until the very last page. Highly recommended!”

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For Chronin

“Wilgus’s full-length debut opens a duology with an intricate narrative worthy of its rich historical setting. In 2042, college students travel back in time to observe events firsthand. Undergrad Mirai Yoshida barely escapes alive after her research team is ambushed in 1864 Japan. Stranded, Mirai conceals her gender and disguises herself as a samurai, and Hatsu, a tea waitress with her own secrets, hires Mirai as a bodyguard. Mirai’s dangerously out of place in a country on the cusp of civil war. Their journey to visit Hatsu’s family quickly goes awry, and Mirai’s secrets unravel. Mirai’s hunt for a way home unexpectedly puts her and Hatsu directly in the path of a history that someone’s determined to change. Wilgus uses Mirai’s plight to painstakingly share facts about the time and develop the characters without slowing the action. Clever dialogue and detailed black-and-white images create an intense and moving story with plenty of heart and a mystery readers will want to solve.”

Publishers Weekly


Flying Machines

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  1. Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared (May 2017, First Second)