13. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 02/12/2013

Ida Mae Jones wants to fly. She has wanted to fly ever since her daddy brought a plane home. Her daddy taught her to fly, but getting her license was another story. Ida is Black, in the South, and it is the 1940s. No one is going to let a Black girl fly at that time. Then Ida finds out about the WASP program. The Army is recruiting female pilots. Ida makes a bold choice. Whereas the other members of her family are dark skinned, Ida is light skinned and can pass for white. So Ida forges her father’s pilot’s license with her own information and goes to Texas as a white girl. Ida becomes a WASP and flies planes all over the country. She makes friends with the other girls and even has a little romance. But she is always afraid someone will find out her secret.

I thought this book was really interesting. I love women who overcome barriers to do what they want to do. Ida is smart, spunky and ambitious. I admire the courage it took to leave and deny her family so that she could follow her dreams.

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