The Girl With Her Head in the Clouds


It seems that Dolly Shepherd’s head is full of adventure and the possibilities of flight. She confounds her business owning Aunt Mariam and worries her parents. Yet they believe she should have the same opportunities as her elder brother.

Therefore, after Dolly has found her way into an exhibition at Alexandra Palace, and thereafter stood in for Colonel Cody’s knife throwing show, she is invited to be part of Colonel Gaudron’s aeronautic team. Yet this is the Edwardian age, of corsets and long skirts. Furthermore, Dolly is expected to take on the mantle of Aunt Mariam’s feather business. How does this mix?

Then again, what if she is quick to learn all the directions of parachuting, but there are errors? What if one of those errors might leave Dolly sky bound, suspended and at risk, or even plummeting toward paralysis?

Karen McCombie’s tale of this dynamic heroine from history is really engaging. We cheer for Dolly like the crowds and her factory workmates, realising the strides she made in following her love of flight. The Girl With Her Head in the Clouds is a really appealing, busy and interesting dyslexia-friendly title, that we recommend our readers.

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The Girl With Her Head in the Clouds
The Amazing Life of Dolly Shepherd
Karen McCombie, illustrated by Anneli Bray
(Barrington Stoke)
Despite Aunt Mariam’s warnings, Dolly Shepherd remains The Girl With Her Head in the Clouds throughout her youth and employment with her aunt. It seems as though nothing can deter her from her obsession with flight. Although the Edwardian era is  prohibitive toward opportunities for women, Dolly persists. Thereafter, when Captain Gaudron invites her to join his aerial display team from Alexandra Palace, she is quick to accept. Furthermore, although her parents are anxious, and will not watch her performance from hot air balloon to parachute, they accept her right to proceed! What’s more, could it be that Dolly’s mother possesses a similar courage to her daughter? Then again, her aunt, in truth?
Karen McCombie’s dyslexia friendly biography follow similar tales such as Rose’s Dress of Dreams and Sophie Takes to the Sky. Yet, this is a British trailblazer, and thereafter one local to this bookseller:- Herts Memories Dolly Shepherd. What’s more, little is known about Dolly Shepherd, from her skill as an aeronaut, to the two near fatal accidents she endured. Then there’s her world record!
It seems too, that pioneering women were part of her family. Karen McCombie shares the story of her mother, and thereafter her aunt within this thoroughly engaging story. Bookwagon recommends The Girl With Her Head in the Clouds to readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy biographies and historical accounts.


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