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Matthew Olshan

Biography

Matthew Olshan

Matthew is author of the critically acclaimed picture bookTHE MIGHTY LALOUCHE, also illustrated by Sophie Blackall, as well as the adult novel MARSHLANDS. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Matthew Olshan

Books by Matthew Olshan

Written by Matthew Olshan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall - Children's 4-8, Picture

In the year and a half since the flight of the first manned balloon in 1783, no one has flown from one country to another. John Jeffries, an Englishman, and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a Frenchman, want to be the first. On January 7, 1785, they set out to cross the English Channel to France in a balloon. All seemed to be going fine, until Jeffries decides the balloon looks too fat and adjusts the air valve --- how hard could it be? Too bad he drops the wrench over the side of the aerial car.  Luckily, they come up with a clever (and surprising) solution that saves the day. A VOYAGE IN THE CLOUDS is a journey that will keep kids laughing the whole way.