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Biography (nonfiction) 1,440 words, Level S (Grade 3), Lexile 830L.The first African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman, was a brave pioneer. She set new standards for what women could do and achieve in the world. She also was instrumental in helping to create equal opportunities for African-Americans in the 1920s. This informative book, filled with photos of Coleman and the planes she flew, chronicles her life from childhood to her tragic early death in 1926.