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The Color of the Sky

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 7, 8
Page count: 28



Appeared in

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

Story Summary

In 1926, Antonia, a young black physics student, has come to see Bessie Coleman's air show in Jacksonville Fl. Unfortunately what she witnesses is the death of her heroine during an acrobatic stunt. A powerfully written story based on true events surrounding the death of Bessie Coleman, the first licensed black woman pilot and the first American, period, to earn an international pilot's license. A note of caution to parents and teachers, the word "nigger" is used throughout, historically appropriate to time and place.