Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Children's Nonfiction Aviation

McCurdy and the Silver Dart

A Novel

by (author) Les Harding

illustrated by Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon

Cape Breton University Press
Initial publish date
May 2014
Aviation, Post-Confederation (1867-), General
Recommended Age
9 to 15
Recommended Grade
4 to 10
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1998
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2014
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it


McCurdy and the Silver Dart recounts the thrilling story of J. A. McCurdy, Canada’s aviation pioneer. Born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Douglas McCurdy had a unique childhood during which he assisted world-famous scientist and inventor, Alexander Graham Bell in fascinating and frequently dangerous experiments conducted with kites and airplanes. He was the first person to fly an airplane in the British Empire. Later he became a barnstormer and daredevil pilot, taking part in some of the earliest air races. He was the first person to fly out of sight of land and the first pilot to receive a wireless message while airborne.

About the authors

Les Harding is a freelance writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is the author of thirteen books including young adult books about pioneers: The Voyage of Lesser Men: Thumbnail Sketches in Canadian Exploration, The Journeys of Remarkable Women: Their Travels on the Canadian Frontier, Damn the Mosquitoes! and Elephant Story.

Les Harding's profile page

Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon's profile page

Other titles by Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon