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Young Adult
Paperback, 6″ x 9″
343 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-254-3

by Susan A. Starr

By 1911, the idea of manned flight had captured the nation’s imagination. Aviation had leapt forward from the Wrights’ secret 1903 Kitty Hawk experiment, to a burgeoning, wide-open field of discovery. In the intervening eight years, the field of aviation had filled with risky high-altitude acrobatics, daring international contests for unbelievable prizes, mysterious applications in military defense, and far-reaching science for the benefit of mankind.

Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Fowler dreams of becoming an aviator, but his labors on the family farm offer no path that can lead him to achieve this dream. A wholly unexpected opportunity suddenly presents itself, and, without a second thought, he reaches for it. In doing so, the world he’s always known begins to unravel. He gambles his family’s well-being, the safety and security of the farm, and his very life and future on his one shot at aviation.


Susan A. Starr was inspired to write The Birthright after discovering a 1911 diary in an antique shop. It was the handwritten journal of a stranger, a woman who had lived her life in Granby, Massachusetts. While this is a work of fiction, numerous people and events described in the story are factual, woven together with greater elements of fiction. Susan was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, and she and her husband, Chuck, have made Maine their home for nearly two decades. She is also the author of Memoirs of a Mad Innkeeper: The Muffin Recipes Revealed!

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