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Promise the night : a novel /
by Michaela MacColl.
imprint
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, c2011.
description
262 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
081187625X (alk. paper), 9780811876254 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, c2011.
isbn
081187625X (alk. paper)
9780811876254 (alk. paper)
abstract
Explores the early life of Beryl Markham, who grew up on a farm in Kenya, and became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.
catalogue key
10240912
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2011-10-31:
MacColl's sophomore novel is a rousing piece of historical fiction that follows the childhood of Beryl Markham, who would become the first pilot to fly solo from England to North America. In 1912, 10-year-old Beryl lives in a tiny hut on her father's horse farm in British East Africa, now Kenya. Always seeking adventure, she is eager to become a "murani" (warrior) along with the boys of the neighboring Nandi tribe, and to hunt the leopard that injured her beloved dog. Her friend Kibii's father agrees to teach her how to track animals, wrestle, and spear targets, but as Beryl becomes a woman, the gap widens between her and the Nandi. And when her father attempts to make Beryl into a proper British girl, it's war. MacColl (Prisoners in the Palace) addresses the tensions between British settlers and native Africans in this immersive story about a fiercely determined individualist. Fictional interviews, newspaper articles, and journals of Beryl's flight appear between chapters, emphasizing how Beryl's childhood fearlessness and refusal to accept the status quo shaped her life as an adult. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A compelling tale" - Scholastic Parent and Child
"Fascinating novel about a remarkable woman's childhood. ' - VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
"Fluid prose elucidates a life much stranger than fiction." - Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
"Maccoll vividly portrays her headstrong protagonist" - Booklist
"Unique historical novel about one tenacious girl." - School Library Journal, starred review
"With action and a very plucky heroine, this book will appeal to young women and men alike." - Library Media Connection
This item was reviewed in:
Booklist, October 2011
Publishers Weekly, October 2011
Voice of Youth Advocates, October 2011
Kirkus Reviews, December 2011
School Library Journal, January 2012
Voice of Youth Advocates, April 2012
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Summaries
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Explores the early life of Beryl Markham, who grew up on a farm in Kenya, and became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.
Main Description
Immediately compelling and action-packed, this carefully researched work of historical fiction introduces young readers to the childhood of the famous yet elusive Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo from England to North America. As in her debut novel, Prisoners in the Palace , MacColl propels readers into a multilayered story with an unforgettable heroine and evocative language that brings the backdrop of colonial British East Africa to life. A fascinating read for anyone with a thirst for adventure.
Main Description
Immediately compelling and action-packed, this carefully researched work of historical fiction introduces young readers to the childhood of the famous yet elusive Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo from England to North America. As in her debut novel, Prisoners in the Palace, MacColl propels readers into a multilayered story with an unforgettable heroine and evocative language that brings the backdrop of colonial British East Africa to life. A fascinating read for anyone with a thirst for adventure.

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