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It was a story that Jill could not stop thinking about and Carolyn Yoder was her first choice for editor. An amazing story about a pilot, Jack Knight, who was part of a relay team that flew 2,629 miles across the country on February 22–23, 1921 and proved to the country that airmail could be delivered by plane, both during the day and at night. Braving hazardous conditions across the continental United States, Knight singlehandedly delivered the mail and earned country-wide admiration for his courage and tenacity.

Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek has acquired world rights to Jack Knight's Brave Flight—How One Gutsy Pilot Saved the U.S. Air Mail Service by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Stacy Innerst, the story of a harrowing 1921 stunt nobody believed could succeed. Publication is set for fall 2022; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and Susan Cohen at Writers House represented the illustrator. 

We’ll have to wait a bit for this amazing story, but come fall 2022, you can rush to your local bookstore to snap this story up!

Congratulations, Jill!

—Tricia