Lighter than Air; Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot
, by Matthey Clark Smith, Illustrated by Matt Travers
Candlewick Press 2017
Balloonomania has gripped the imagination of 18th century France. But all the pioneering aeronauts are men. Then, a shy girl from a seaside village, whose dream of mastering the skies is stronger than social convention, steps forward and becomes the first female solo aeronaut, Sophie Blanchard.