My Aunt Honor

My Aunt Honor was far from ordinary.

She was extraordinary. She was inspirational. She was brave.

During the Second World War Honor Hassett joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, defying the expectations of her family and friends to become one of the first female aircraft engineers.

Follow Honor’s courageous journey as one of the many women who served in wartime as told by her grand-niece, New Zealand author Gillian Torckler and authentically illustrated by Adele Jackson.

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Publisher’s notes

  • A more detailed picture book for ages 7-12 based on the true story of Gillian Torckler’s own great aunt who served in the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force).
  • Honora Hassett (known as Honor) was a Spitfire mechanic who was killed when the enemy bombed the aircraft hangar she was working in.
  • The book touches on the Battle of Britain, led by Sir Keith Park, and features lots of information about and illustrations of Spitfires, of course.
  • Includes factual information about women in the war at the end of the book. Similar to the style and format of Torckler and Jackson’s previous book My Name is Henry Fanshaw.
  • Women rarely feature in war stories. This wonderful book is a timely homage to the many women who served in wartime in a great variety of roles.

Meet the Kiwi authorGillian Torckler

Find out more about New Zealand author Gillian Torckler on her author page.

Adele Jackson, from Wellington, is a freelance illustrator and designer with an interest in visual language and communication. She illustrates educational materials for adults as well as writing and illustrating her own comics. She previously illustrated My Name is Henry Fanshaw: The true story of NZ’s bomber squadron (also written by Gillian Torckler).

Additional information

Dimensions26.5 × 21 cm

Hardcover edition



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Published by

Bateman Books

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