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Meghan P. Browne’s picture book Dorothy the Brave takes off

Meghan P Browne and illustrator Brook Smart’s DOROTHY THE BRAVE launched last month. Publisher Penguin Random House calls it:


Woman pilot with white scarf looking at the sky
“the empowering story of a real-life Rosie the Riveter who served as a Women Airforce Service Pilot. Dorothy Lucas yearned to discover all that she was capable of. After the devastating news of Pearl Harbor, her brothers joined the World War II war effort, but Dorothy wanted to do her part, too. So, she  enlisted to serve as a Women Airforce Service Pilot  (WASP). After hours of flight school and roaring engines, Dorothy and her fellow WASPs risked their lives towing targets in the air for the male fighter pilots in training.”

Booklist says DOROTHY THE BRAVE is all about “sisterhood, hard work, overcoming obstacles, missing home, wartime loss. The journey of Dorothy Lucas to becoming a pilot in the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII touches on all of these themes and more.”

Meghan P. Browne was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She left her beloved Lone Star State to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, the land of saguaro cacti, the loveliest winters, and gorgeous Santa Catalina Mountains. There, she was a four-time Foundation Scholarship recipient and varsity letter winner for the Wildcat swim team. She graduated from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Meghan returned home to Austin and the bluebonnets and blue skies of her childhood where she lives and writes these days on the south side of town with her husband, Greg, their three children, and a menagerie of honeybees, goats, chickens, a barn kitty, and their beloved dog. She graduated in July 2021 from Vermont College of Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Congrats, Meghan!