Thursday, February 4, 2010

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Title: Flygirl
Author: Sherri L. Smith
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots. (King County Library System)
Opinions: This was a unique book that dealt with several issues. This book was about inequality and discrimination against women and African Americans. Ida Mae is a light skinned African American who joins applies and is accepted to the WASP program during WW2. However, she is accepted because they do not know she is African American. She never tells anyone about who she really is and lets them make their own assumptions. She is a strong, vibrant character with a big heart. I loved Ida Mae. (I also LOVE Patsy!! What a fabulous minor character. I would love to read a book from her perspective.)

This book is full of information about WASP and WW2. It also gives you a peek into what life would have been life for an African American woman in the 1940's. This is a stellar book that I would recommend to anyone. A truly FabulousRead.

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