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Author: Meghan McCarthy Narrator: Susie Berneis Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781633791398
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In the 1930s, most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself. She lived for an adventure—in the air, the water, and on land—and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl.

When Betty Skelton was young, there weren’t many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn’t let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Betty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, helicopters, gliders, and blimps. And by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the “First Lady of Firsts.”

This audiobiography reveals the exciting life of a brave pioneer who followed her dreams and showed the world that women can do anything!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Amusing as well as inspiring.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Betty Skelton[’s] achievements are stated in the straightforward narrative, but the author allows readers to tap into her personality through use of quotes: When Betty flew higher than Mount Everest, she said: ‘My feet darn near froze to death.’ McCarthy has spun an adventurous story about this little-known woman, highlighting her groundbreaking triumphs with respectful whimsy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This thoroughly inspiring portrait of Betty June Skelton reveals a woman who embodies a ‘need for speed.’ Direct quotations from Skelton fill her story with personality…Skelton comes through as a woman eager to break barriers and try anything.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book has a terrific message for young girls about breaking barriers; unfortunately, essential information about Skelton is missing or incorrect.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The text is simplified…which makes it accessible to young children but sometimes leaves readers wondering about what was omitted. Short quotes from Skelton add her voice to the narrative…Introduc[es] a lesser-known woman in American aviation.”


  • “‘Need for speed’ is the perfect expression to describe Betty Skelton and narrator Susie Berneis—as she speeds from one Skelton escapade to the next…Berneis is firm and precise in her narration, and one can’t help but think that this is just the way Betty Skelton might have spoken. The production is punctuated with sound effects and occasional music.”


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About the Author

Meghan McCarthy is an author of numerous children’s nonfiction books, including Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum and The Incredible Life of Balto. Publishers Weekly remarked that “McCarthy’s humor is right on target for mischievous younger readers.” She lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Susie Berneis is a professional voice-over artist. She has a BA in English and theater from the University of Michigan and more than twenty years of community theater experience. Her audiobook narrations include The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award in 2014.