In The Girl Aviator and the Phantom Airship (originally published in 1911), Peggy Prescott and her brother Roy must win the $5,000 grand prize at an air show before a scheming banker forecloses on their aunt’s Long Island farm.
From the book’s dustcover, “Peggy and Roy are two orphans who drop out of school and spend every last dollar they have to fulfill their father’s dying wish— to construct a new type of aeroplane, better and more reliable than any other. With the help of their best friends Jess and Jimsy, can they get their Golden Butterfly in the air and win the $5,000 Young Aviator’s Prize before the scheming banker Simon Harding forecloses on their aunt’s Long Island farm? Or will Simon’s son Fanning carry off the prize with the Phantom Airship he’s constructing in secret with his unsavory helpers?”
A “Note from Aunt Claire” kicks off this third selection in the series with the right amount of historical context so today’s young readers will get a better understanding of what kids their age were reading more than 100 years ago.