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The Flying Girl

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

Frank L. Baum, author of the Oz books, delivers an engaging story for all ages. Orissa Kane works in order to provide for her family. Her mother is blind, while her brother devotes his time to his invention, a flying machine. Everything changes when he brakes his leg and Orissa decides to continue developing the machine. This fascinating and relatable book explores the early days of aviation, and the changing role of women. Frank L. Baum chose to publish this book under the name Edith Van Dime.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I want to talk with you; to advise with you. Queerly enough, Miss Kane, there isn’t a soul on earth in whom I can confide when occasion arises. In other words, I haven’t an intimate friend I can trust, or one who is sincerely interested in me.”

That embarrassed Orissa a little. Since she had been working at the office this was the first time he had addressed a remark to her not connected with the business. Indeed, the man was now regarding her much as he would a curiosity, as if he had just discovered her. She was amazed to hear him speak so confidentially and made no reply because she had nothing to say.

After a pause he continued:

“You haven’t much business experience, my child, but you have a keen intellect and decided opinions.” Orissa wondered how he knew that. “Therefore I am going to ask your advice in a matter where business is blended with sentiment. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Interesting and entertaining story set in the early days of airflight. It includes an affirmation of the capabilities of women to do non-domestic things, but also a thought that passenger flights will not be popular in the future as seen from 1911. Is this literature's first aerial dog-fight?

Anyone who reads this book has no cause to complain that their expectations weren't met. If you know a book called The Flying Girl was written by L. Frank Baum in 1911, using a pseudonym, and are surprised by what's in here, that's on you. Well, I guess you could think it was about a girl who could

Yes, Edith Van Dyne is Frank Baum, aka the Wizard of Oz guy. No, this isn't a fantasy book like Oz or its various spinoffs such as Sky Island or Queen Zixi of Ix.

The Flying Girl was written when people were excited about aviation rather than worrying about uncomfortable seating arrangements. Many ot