Friday, August 7, 2015

Patron Book Review ~ Fly Girl

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction,
Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn't stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy's gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her.

When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women's Airforce Service Pilots - and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won't accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of 'passing,' of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one's racial heritage, denying one's family, denying one's self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.
Review by patron, Anonymous:
The girl is Spanish and they didn't want Spanish people flying planes in war. She looks white so she sneaks in and flys. Very suspenseful.

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