Monday, May 3, 2021

MOCA Families Presents Fearless Flights with Author Julie Leung!

MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet with Julie Leung 

Join us for a MOCAKIDS Meet & Greet with award-winning author Julie Leung! Julie will read her inspiring new book, The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee, about the first Chinese American woman to fly for the U.S. military. Then you’ll have a chance to ask Julie questions about her writing process and together we’ll create a paper plane in honor of Hazel.

What you’ll need: this printable paper plane template or a sheet of paper, scissors and something to draw with. A pencil, colored pencil, marker, pastel, or anything you have on hand will work!

Live via ZOOM on Thursday, May 6, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This event is free to the public. Best for families with children ages 4-8, but all are welcome. To join, simply register here!

MAKE: Download, color, and fold your own paper plane inspired by Hazel.

Please note that this program will be recorded via Zoom and posted on Facebook Live.


About the Author—Julie Leung

Julie was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. She graduated with an English and journalism degree from University of Georgia.

By day, she is a marketing director at Random House, specializing in sci-fi/fantasy books. You can catch her at pop culture conventions on behalf of Del Rey Books.

By night, she is a children’s book author. Her debut series, Mice of the Round Table was praised as a “winning new adventure,” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Paper Son: The Story of Tyrus Wong, Who Did It First? 50 Scientists, Artists, and Mathematicians Who Revolutionized The World, and The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee.

Just recently, her book, Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, won the 2021 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the picture book category.

About The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee 

Hazel Ying Lee was born fearless—she was not afraid of anything, and the moment she took her first airplane ride, she knew where she belonged. When people scoffed at her dreams of becoming a pilot, Hazel wouldn’t take no for an answer. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. It was a dangerous job, but Hazel flew with joy and boldness. This moving, true story about a groundbreaking figure will inspire young readers to challenge barriers and reach for the sky. Written by Julie Leung and Illustrated by Julie Kwon.

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee and other books by Julie are available for purchase at McNally JacksonGreenlight BookstoreBooks Are MagicThe, online, and at booksellers near you.


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