The Fabulous Flyer
Henri Giffard has devoted all his free time and money to invent the first steam-driven hot air balloon. He's determined to make mankind's first ever-powered flight, and so in 1852 he sets off for Paris with just an urchin girl to help him. Thousands of people gather to watch the flight.
Will the machine work when the weather changes - or will Henri's dream of flying become his downfall? In the Victorian Tales Terry Deary explores the fascinating world of the Victorians, including many of the incredible achievements and breakthroughs that took place. These tales feature real characters and take place in some of the most recognizable Victorian settings.