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By Sherri L. Smith

Speak, Paperback, 9780142417256, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2010

For fans of "Unbroken "and Ruta Sepetys.
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, until 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's willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl. She wants to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying one's self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately it's not what you do but who you are that's most important.
Read Sherri L. Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog.

About the Author
Sherri L. Smith is the author of "Lucy the Giant" and S"parrow." She lives in Los Angeles, California.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For Flygirl

-A dynamic, heartfelt novel.+ -The Washington Post

-A thrilling, but little-known story that begs to be told. The book is at once informative and entertaining.+ -School Library Journal