Linda Carlton's Island Adventure
Edith Lavell, 1931
There's only one thing really wrong with this book, and that's the title, which doesn't do it justice. Linda, who is a licensed to fly anything with wings and is furthermore the country's first licensed female aircraft mechanic (having spent a whole year in aviation school) covers a lot of ground. She flies over land, and into cities, and over swamp, and over rivers, and over mountains, and, finally, to the off-shore islands of the title. Linda is kidnapped, marooned on an island, and lost in a mangrove swamp; she is snubbed in a fashionable restaurant (there is an entire subplot having to do with the social consequences of being an independent modern girl), has her plane stolen twice, shoots it out with a desperado, and hitches a ride on a cruise ship.
I think the moral is that girl heroines can have as many adventures as boy heroes, if they are willing the take the same risks. This book is a page-turner and quite well-written; until I closed the book and broke the spell, I didn't even cavil at the clean clothes Linda had hidden in her tool kit when she was picked up by the cruise ship!
This material appeared previously in The Whispered Watchword, a publication of The Phantom Friends.
©1994 Jo Anne Fatherly