Flygirl (Prebound)

By Sherri L. Smith

Turtleback Books, 9780606149990, 278pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/16/2010)
Hardcover (1/22/2009)
Prebound (9/16/2010)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (5/1/2018)

List Price: 20.80*
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Spring '09 Kids List

“Sherri Smith tells the riveting story of Ida Mae Jones, a young light-skinned black woman who decides to try and pass as white so she can enter the Army during WWII and fulfill her dream of becoming a pilot. Ida Mae's crisis of identity and her battle with her conscience will change the way you look at the world. A triumph!”
— Melissa Posten, Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
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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.