Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot

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Winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Spirit Award in Nonfiction and the Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, and named a Top 10 Multicultural Nonfiction for Youth: 2015 by Booklist. This fast-paced and informative young adult biography tells the story of pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard from his birth in 1895 to his combat experiences in both World War I and II and, finally, his return to America. Before the United States joined World War I, a few Americans fought on France's side, including Eugene Jacques Bullard, the grandson of a slave. Bullard had faced discrimination in the U.S. and even the threat of lynching, but while growing up, he had listened spellbound to his father's stories about how France treated everyone equally. He ran away from home at twelve and eventually made his way to France, where he joined the French Foreign Legion and later the Lafayette Flying Corps, to become the world's first black fighter pilot. All the medals he received, however, weren't enough to fend off the prejudice he still faced when he returned to the United States.

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This fast-paced and informative YA biography tells the story of pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard from his birth in 1895 to his combat experiences in both World War I and II and, finally, his return to America. Before the United States joined World War I, a few Americans fought on France's side, including Eugene Jacques Bullard, the grandson of a slave. Eugene had faced discrimination in the U.S. and even the threat of lynching, but while growing up, he had listened spellbound to his father's stories about how France treated everyone equally. He ran away from home at twelve and eventually made his way to France, where he joined the French Foreign Legion and later the Lafayette Flying Corps, to become the world's first black fighter pilot. All the medals he received, however, weren't enough to fend off the prejudice he still faced when he returned to the United States.

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Larry Greenly is a freelance writer and editor and a writing instructor and lecturer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has published numerous articles and columns; his albuquerqueARTS magazine literary section won first place in the 2009 National Federation of Press Women state competition and second place in the national competition. Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot won second prize in the prestigious international SouthWest Writers Annual Contest.

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