Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

October 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment


The setting for this story is WWII in Louisiana.  Ida Mae is 18 years old at the start of the book and is cleaning houses for a living.  She is black and finds that many doors are closed for her.  Her late father passed on the love of flying to her and she is determined to fly but is turned down at flight school because she is black.  She is very light skinned and can pass for white and so she decides to apply for WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) for the war effort.  This deceit continues to haunt her throughout her adventure as she goes to Texas for flight school.  The book felt like an old fashioned Sue Barton/Cherry Ames story where student nurses work and live together.  The girls that Ida Mae meet become her lifelong friends.  Lots of information about planes and what life was like for the WASP.  This story is based on some real people and events.  I just loved this book.  The story takes Ida Mae through war, death, injury, racism, and marriage.  I rate it 5 out of 5!

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