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Biography (nonfiction) 1,440 words, Level S (Grade 3), Lexile 830L.The first Black 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 Black people 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.