Sophie Blanchard was an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary claim to fame - she was the first woman-pilot in history! In eighteenth-century France, 'balloonomania' has fiercely gripped the nation . . . but all of the pioneering aeronauts were men until a shy girl named Sophie came along! Sophie wasn't not the first woman to ascend in a balloon, nor the first woman to accompany an aeronaut on a trip, but she will become the first woman to climb to the clouds and steer her own course. 40 pages. Grades 1-4 / Ages 6-9.