Katherine Woodfine reimagines the childhood of Sophie Blanchard, the world’s first female hot-air balloonist, in this inspiring story of courage and self-belief.
Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon. She’s far too frightened of the crowds, the commotion and even riding in a horse-drawn carriage. But Sophie longs to watch the hot-air balloon sail across the blue sky. If she could just be brave enough to face her fears, who knows where her journey might take her …
Katherine Woodfine is the author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and sequels. She previously worked at Book Trust, ran the YA Literature Convention, and now hosts the children’s book radio show Down the Rabbit Hole.
Children’s & educational
5 - 8
Children's, Teenage & educational