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The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright and Her Famous Brothers
Published by Roaring Brook
Hardcover (2003): 0-7613-1546-2

Having already told the story of the invention of the airplane in Airborne, I was looking for a different angle on the Wright brothers for the centennial of their first flight. I had heard of their sister, Katharine. On a hunch I began researching her life and discovered that she had a wonderful and heart-rending story of her own—much of it hidden in 2,000 pages of love letters that she wrote to an old college friend in the 1920s.


Ohioana Book Award: Finalist

National Council of Teachers of English: 2004 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog: Top Pick


"Maurer shows all the ways Katharine refused to live in the shadow of her brothers, no matter how high-flying they were." —New York Times Book Review

"Perhaps the most original of the centennial offerings ... a fascinating case study to the growing body of literature on the often remarkable 19th- and early 20th-century women who lived in the shadow of famous men." —Washington Post Book World

"An exceptionally intriguing portrait." —Booklist, starred review

"A perpetually rewarding and illuminating read." —Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced highly readable account." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilbur, might have remained a forgotten side-note to history, were it not for Richard Maurer's fascinating new biography." —Children's Literature