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FLYGIRL by Sherri L. Smith

FLYGIRL

By Sherri L. Smith

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-399-24709-5
Publisher: Putnam

During World War II, a semi-military unit of women pilots, the WASPs, fought for their chance to serve their country. The WASPs did not accept “colored” women, however. That proves no obstacle for pilot Ida Mae Jones, who is light-skinned enough to pass for white, although she risks her life if she’s caught and may even risk her eventual return to her family. This well-told, interesting story moves along at a good clip, as Smith paints a vivid picture of the WASPs, with the suspense of Ida Mae’s deception always lurking beneath the surface. The misogynistic military and bigoted townsfolk can’t stop Ida Mae and her new friends from doing their bit. Those friendships and a possible forbidden romance keep Ida Mae occupied when she isn’t flying. A vibrant picture of WWII women and of Jim Crow as it was then. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)