FlygirlUnknown - 2008
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.
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LPL_KateG Mar 13, 2016
I was hooked from page 1. This is an excellent book to read during Women's History Month especially, and Sherri L. Smith's writing is as gorgeous and personable as ever.
LPL_TeenZone May 01, 2015
A young black woman who wants nothing more to follow in her father's footsteps and become a pilot must "pass" for white in order to be accepted as a female pilot in WWII.