"You must believe in yourself and allow your dreams to soar."--Shaesta Waiz
Shaesta Waiz, a refugee from Afghanistan, dreamed of doing great things. But first she had to leave a refugee camp with her family to make a new life in America, overcome gender stereotypes, be the first in her family to go to college, and overcome her fear of flying. After becoming a pilot, Shaesta made the flight of a lifetime by crossing five continents, making thirty stops in twenty-two countries across nearly 25,000 nautical miles. At the age of thirty, Shaesta was the youngest woman and the first from Afghanistan to circumnavigate the globe by herself in a single-engine aircraft.
Fly, Girl, Fly! is the first authorized picture book biography of Shaesta Waiz. Backmatter includes more information about Shaesta's mission to empower girls to pursue STEM careers, details about her historic trip around the world, information about her nonprofit organization Dream Soar, and a personal note from Shaesta Waiz encouraging girls to pursue their dreams.
K-Gr 3—Pimm's debut picture book introduces readers to an inspirational young pilot named Shaesta Waiz, who was born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. Waiz's family was able to break free from the camp and move to America. Waiz, who grew up in California, defied expectations in many ways. She overcame language barriers at a young age, studied hard to become the first in her family to graduate from college, and became the first certified female pilot from Afghanistan. At the age of 30, she became the youngest woman in history to fly a single-engine aircraft around the world. Waiz's story encourages children to never give up. This book could serve as an engaging read-aloud or an enjoyable solo reading experience. Bye's colorful illustrations are emotive and elegant. Readers will be inspired to chase their own dreams. An author's note and a personal note to children from Waiz are included. VERDICT Recommended for any classroom, library, or home collection.—Kristin Unruh, Siersma Elem. Sch., Warren, MICopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.