Sky High: Jean Batten's Incredible Flying Adventures (Hardcover)
In 1934, Jean Batten set a world record for the fastest flight from England to Australia. Just two years later, she made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. Jean's fearless determination and flying skills helped her survive storms and crashes, as she crossed great oceans and lonely deserts in her tiny plane. This gripping true story with its dazzling illustrations is the the third form the award-winning author and illustrator of First to the Top and Speed King.
David Hill is a reviewer, fiction writer, playwright and children’s writer. Born in Napier, he spent fourteen years teaching before writing full-time. His many published books range from studies on poetry, to teenage fiction, for which he has received numerous prizes. His first young adult novel won the 1994 Times Educational Supplement Award for Special Needs. He won the 2002 Children's Literature Foundation Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book, the 2003 LIANZA Esther Glen Medal, the 2013 NZ Post Junior Fiction Award, and the 2013 LIANZA Librarian’s Choice Award. As a child Phoebe Morris always dreamed of becoming a zoo keeper and working with animals. However, persistent allergies meant that she ended up drawing them instead. As an adult, Phoebe now spends her time drawing a range of things - either on paper, or on her custom PC named 'The Millennium Falcon' In 2015 Phoebe Collaborated with author David Hill on the acclaimed picture-book biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, First to the Top. Unanimously praised for the quality of the illustrations, it was named a 2017 Storylines Notable Picture Book. In a Review for NZ Listener, Ann Packer wrote, "Wellingtonian Phoebe Morris makes a stunning debut as an illustration . . . . From the arresting cover, through cameos of his younger life to haunting other-worldly mountainscapes, Morris's style gives the old story a cool new edge." Phoebe is also the illustrator of the Frankie Potts Junior Fiction series by Juliet Jacka