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
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
"An exceptionally intriguing portrait." —Booklist,
"A perpetually rewarding and illuminating read." —Publishers
"A fast-paced highly readable account." —St.
"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