Flygirl

Sherri L. Smith

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Summary

This historical fiction takes place in Louisiana 1940, where a young black women Ida Mae Jones wants to fly. Her father was a pilot who taught her how to fly when she was young. After his horrible death a few years later she feels closet to him when she's in the air. Now she is somewhat contended by flying her father's plane over the fields in their farm. Then, tragedy hits. World War II is approaching, making the sky off limits. Her older brother gives them the crushing news that he will be leaving for war. Ida then decided that to honor the memory of her father and the bravery of her brother, she decides to be in the WASP Women Air Force Service Pilots, using her light brown skin to pretend that she's white. With her skin on the line and her brother in war with no news of him, Ida Mae Jones takes the plunge.

Women can fight in the war too

One of the themes in this book is that women should be equal with men rights. Back then only men were pilots in the war. During World War II, Ida Mae Jones, a young black female wants to use her flying techniques to honor the memory of her father and the bravery of her brother. She then decides to risk her life by pretending she is white and used her father's flying permit with her information on top. She was able to fool them by thinking she had a real flying permit. Then, at the WASP academy herself and her friends turn out to be better flyers then the men were. They were able to fly a monstrous bomb carrier plane that no man was brave enough to do. This lesson from the book then taught me that women can fly planes better then men and they made a big impact in World War II.

How the author used historical facts to make this book possible

The WASP Women Air Force Service Pilots was a real Air Force, consisting of white women who flew planes in the war. They learned navigation, air plane parts, how to fix them, flew with their instructors and flew long trips. They also learned how to swim because then they would have a better chance at surviving if they were to land on water. One of the training sessions was to be spun around in simulation planes and go in circles with no outside light to test their navigation. They needed to be able to be cool and calm under pressure. Although this story was fascinating, Ida Mae Jones is a fictional character. She probably wouldn't have been able to go in the academy by pretending she was white. She was also using her father's flying permit with her information on top. If they were to check it more properly they would have found out that it was a scam. This book took place during war, however there wasn't much blood or death, mainly because of the audience this book was targeting. All in all this book is worth reading because it explains about women flying and their impact in World War II.
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