Promise the Night

A Novel

MacColl, Michaela

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Promise the Night
Explores the early life of Beryl Markham, who grew up on a farm in Kenya, and became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780811876254
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 262, [2] p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 17, 2014
  • litriocht rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beryl is a willful girl, brash and headstrong. And it is young Beryl Markham to whom the reader is first introduced, although intercalary chapters give brief glimpses of her adult days as an aviatrix.

Growing up in the part of Africa that is now Kenya, Beryl learns warrior skills from the Nandi tribesmen who are her neighbors. Experiences she has with the indigenous Africans include wrestling, lion hunting, and jumping as high as her head.

Beryl values the freedom, bravery, and strength she develops while working with the Nandi; her father, however, is concerned that she will be ostracized from proper British society. His solution is to send her to a boarding school in Nairobi, where Beryl learns that girls, like lions, are dangerous creatures. She stays at the institution for a year before declaring her independence in a spectacular fashion, quitting the school moments before the headmistress declares her expelled.

This biographical narrative tracks the upbringing of a strong adventuress, with enough quick looks into her flying exploits to elicit interest in reading more about her.

Jun 27, 2012
  • gash rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loved this book
like how it went between two stories
GIRL POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 14, 2012
  • gracekalintan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

talk about girl power! it shows girl can do anything even hunt!!! she is wild! she is not a girly girl which i love. and the bond is awesome, but sometimes end in a bad fight. funny , adventure !!!


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Mar 14, 2012
  • gracekalintan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

she ( main charter) dog went to the forest with a lion ! this all started when named she heard wind flow throw the room , she got up went her dog was barking at a lion , the lion got inside their house ( this is a fica ) than the lion kidnaped her dog ! she want to hunt him down . will she get her dog ? will she have a another adventure ? will her determination get her killed?


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