The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo around the World – A Review

 

The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo around the World

Written By Nancy Roe Pimm

Published by Ohio University Press; 1 edition (March 8, 2016)

Softcover

“The kind of person who can sit in an airplane alone,” Mock says, “is not the type of person who likes to be continually with other people.”- Jerry Mock

I’ll admit that this book started off slow. I felt like it was too dry for middle schoolers and lacked detail. In the end, I ended up liking it because I did some research on my own and uncovered this article. Hearing Jerrie interviewed only a couple years ago peaked my interest and when I opened the book back up I was reading it knowing how it all turned out. I kind of wish they had subtitled the subtitle with “An Introvert Takes Flight”

Jerrie wanted to fly airplanes since she was a child and eventually decided to try and fly around the world.

Spoiler- she succeeded.

Why don’t we all know her name and story? It’s a combination of the fact that she did it for herself and not publicity and I think the period in which she flew. In any case, for kids that are into aviation, this book gives a fascinating narrative of her journey around the world.

I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to review it for the Cybils Awards.