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Children's Fiction Post-confederation (1867-)

Flying High!

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Post-Confederation (1867-), Aviation
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic, Matt and Emily have outrun dinosaurs in the Alberta badlands, panned for gold in the Yukon, and joined Leif Erikkson on a journey to Vinland. In Flying High!, Emily and Matt land on the shores of the frozen Bras d’Or lake in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in 1909. There, amidst a crowd of astonished onlookers, they watch with wonder as Alexander Graham Bell’s Silver Dart takes to the skies. It’s an exciting eyewitness account of the first powered flight in Canada. In this, the fifth book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about airplanes and Alexander Graham Bell, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

Dean Griffiths' profile page

Editorial Reviews

If you can turn moments from the past into heart-pounding adventure stories, you’ll hook children on history for life. That’s what this time travel series by Toronto’s Frieda Wishinsky does so well…This series is like a well-taught history class: engaging, smart and full of surprises.

Chronicle Herald

History is now more readable thanks to this series. Facts are effortless to learn, and history is easier to understand…Children will become fascinated with Canadian history after reading the books in the ‘Canadian Flyer Adventures’ series. Emily and Matt will become synonymous with time travel and the envy of many seven to nine year old boys and girls.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

The Canadian Flyer Adventures are perfect for confident middle-school readers because they’ve got a lot going on…Author Wishinsky is clever, however; the kids get a good dose of history, heritage and flavour of the moment without knowing it…For a splendid trip back in time, take another fine ride on the Canadian Flyer

The Hamilton Spectator

Young readers’ attention will be held not only by the interest and authenticity of the Canadian adventure, but also by the suspense…Readers who enjoy this volume will want to read the others in the series.

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