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.
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
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.
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.
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.