Sky High: Jean Battens Incredible
David Hill & Phoebe Morris (illustrator)
This stunning picture book tells the true story of how Jean Batten
an international superstar for her solo flights across the
The little plane has been flying across the sea for eight
Huge black clouds surround it. Rain pours in. Wind slams.
The aircraft is tossed around like a leaf.
The pilot stares into the darkness. How much fuel is left? Is she
flying in the right direction?
How long till she reaches land?
In 1934, Jean Batten set a world record for the fastest flight from
England to Australia. Just
two years later, she made the first-ever solo flight from England
to New Zealand. Jeans
fearless determination and flying skills helped her survive storms
and crashes, as she
crossed great oceans and lonely deserts in her tiny plane.
This gripping true story with its dazzling illustrations is the
third from the award-winning
creators of the picture books First to the Top and Speed King.
More about David Hill
David Hill is a prolific and highly regarded New Zealand writer,
playwright, poet, columnist
and critic. Best known for his very popular and award-winning body
of work for young
people, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction, his novels
have been published all
around the world and translated into several languages, and his
short stories and plays for
young people have been broadcast here and overseas.
David has won a number of national and international awards for his
writing and was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. Most recently,
Speed King was a 2017
Storylines Notable Picture Book and First to the Top (2016) won the
HELL Childrens Choice
Award for Non-Fiction and was also a 2016 Storylines Notable
Picture Book. Enemy Camp
(2016) won the 2016 HELL Childrens Choice Award for Junior Fiction.
(2014) was also a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction book. My
Brothers War (2012), won
the Junior Fiction and the Childrens Choice Junior Fiction awards
in the 2013 New Zealand
Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as well as a 2014
IBBY Honour Award.