- Written by: Pamela M. Tuck
- Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
- Published by: Lee & Low Books Inc.
- Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father’s excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located. When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school—especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.
Thank you to all the students and families of McCall for voting in our first Book Madness Tournament. We began this exciting reading journey with 16 amazing books with compelling characters. The final two were We’re all Wonders and As fast as Words Could Fly! With a vote of 65% our students chose As fast as Words Could Fly as McCall’s first book of the year! Thanks again for your participation and we look forward to continuing this adventure next year!