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    Brenda Kelly

    by Sherri L. Smith

    📕 Flygirl • Read More 📕

    • Release date: January 22, 2009
    • ISBN: 9780399247095 (0399247092)
    • Genres: historical, fiction, war, teen
    • Language: english
    • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    • Format: hardcover, 285 pages
    • Author: Sherri L. Smith
    • Awards: California Book Award for Young Adult (Gold) (2009), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Nominee (2012)

    About The Book

    Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy’s gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her.

    When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots — and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won’t accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of “passing,” of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one’s racial heritage, denying one’s family, denying one’s self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.

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