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All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she's in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her. Then America enters World War II, and the Army forms the WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream — if she is willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl.

Ida wants to fly more than anything — and it means a way to support the war effort, just like her brother is doing in the Pacific — but she soon learns that denying one's self and family is a heavy burden. At the same time, WASP training is grueling, and not all of the male pilots are happy to see women on the airfield. But Ida will give up just about anything if it means getting to soar. This historical fiction novel is a complex exploration of prejudice, identity, and the dream of flight.

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"Readers learn a great deal about what it must have been like to be African American in the South during this period, as well as about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, a civilian group that performed jobs that freed male pilots for other things. The women's close friendships and the danger, excitement, and tragedy of their experience create a thrilling, but little-known story that begs to be told." — School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Author Sherri L. Smith
ISBN 0142417254
Publication Date Sep 16, 2010
Publisher Speak
Language English