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Phil Bildner

The Hallelujah Flight


2012, Bluebonnet Awards, Nominee2011, South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award, Nominee2012, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, Nominee2012, Alabama Camellia Award, Finalist

The extraordinary story of James Banning, the first African-American pilot to fly across country

During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. So with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of heart, he fixed up the dilapidated OXX6 Eagle Rock plane with his co-pilot and mechanic, Thomas Allen, earning them the derisive nickname, "The Flying Hobos." But with the help of friends and family along the way who signed their names on the wings of the plane in exchange for food, fuel and supplies, Banning and Allen made it through treacherous weather and overcame ruthless prejudice to receive a heroes' welcome upon landing in New York on October 9, 1932.

This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield's energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right alongside Banning and Allen as they complete the journey of a lifetime.


About the Author
Phil Bildner, author of the New York Times bestselling Barnstormers series with Loren Long, lives in Brooklyn, New York.

John Holyfield lives in Burke, Virginia.