You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen


Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
May 03, 2016
5.7 X 7.8 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Her recent books include By and By, The Roots of Rap, Be a King, How Sweet the Sound, In Your Hands, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at

Jeffery Boston Weatherford created the scratchboard illustrations for You Can Fly using archival World War II photographs as reference. Jeffery studied art at Winston-Salem State University, where he was a Chancellor's Scholar, and at Howard University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts.


* "Weatherford . . . wields the power of poetry to tell a gripping historical story, reinforced by dramatically shaded scratchboard illustrations by her son, making a notable debut."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This volume offers a vivid, personal point of view. A welcome addition to traditional books on the Tuskegee Airmen."--Booklist "April 1, 2015 "
"This book sheds light on the Tuskegee Airmen through stories filled with authentic voices and hard truths. For those who already know of the Airmen's accomplishments, the book offers a more personal connection to the men and their ideas and feelings through poems . . . which demonstrate that despite their proven skill and heroism, the aviators were still denied acceptance and respect."--School Library Journal
* "Weatherford's skill with language provides clear voices for the trainees, and cultural specifics provide additional texture and deepen understanding of the young men. A masterful, inspiring evocation of an era."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The narrative voice draws readers into the action, addressing them directly and inviting them to imagine themselves into this ground-breaking role . . . this title is particularly well adapted to classroom use, where language arts and history students can share common air space."--BCCB
"Weatherford's informative, evocative poems follow the Airmen from the early vision . . . to the flyers' experiences at home and abroad, with poems about Joe Louis and Lena Horne reminding us that the Airmen were also fighting another war in this country--against prejudice."--Horn Book