Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WW2

Illustrator: Sally Deng

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Flying Eye Books

Age 7+

Picture Books

The year is 1927, and in America, England and Russia, three young girls share a dream: to fly. But it won’t be easy…

Against the odds, Hazel, Marlene and Lilya follow their hearts, enrolling in pilot courses (sometimes in secret) and eventually flying for their countries in World War II. Follow the adventures of these young women as they battle not only enemies in the skies but sexism and inequality in their own teams. Risking their lives countless times in feats of incredible bravery, the female air pilots of the Second World War are honoured in this beautiful book, illustrated in Sally Deng’s raw, dynamic style.


Sally Deng is an artist based in Los Angeles. She recently graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a BFA, and has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows in California, Illinois and Texas. She won the American Illustration Award in 2016 and 2017.


GORGEOUS. Resplendent artwork is matched with careful prose in Skyward, and the content? Excellent.

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