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Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII

The year is 1927, and in America, England and Russia, three young girls share the dream of becoming pilots. Against the odds, these ambitious young trailblazers follow their hearts, enrolling in pilot school (some in secret) and eventually flying for their countries in World War II.

Follow the adventures of these young female pioneers as they battle not only enemies in the skies but sexism and inequality in their own teams, and encounter legends like Jackie "Speed Queen" Cochran. Risking their lives countless times in feats of incredible bravery, the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASPs — of the Second World War are honored in this beautiful story based on actual events, illustrated in Sally Deng's raw, dynamic style.

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"This tribute to women in flight traces the dreams of three fictional, representative girls — an American woman named Hazel, an Englishwoman named Marlene, and a Russian woman named Lilya — who pursue their passion for flying against many odds. Aptly labeled 'creative nonfiction,' the narrative focuses on the spirits and determination of the women and less so on plain facts.... This homage to the historic efforts of women determined to fly is a special addition to women’s studies that provides an unusual context and somewhat communal point of view based on actual events." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 7 - 12
Author Sally Deng
Illustrator Sally Deng
ISBN 1911171887
Publication Date Sep 4, 2018
Publisher Flying Eye Books
Language English