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Fly Girl by Sherri Smith

November 25, 2009

Ida Mae Jones is an African-American girl who loves to fly planes.  Her dad taught her how before he passed away.  Now that World War II is happening, Ida Mae wants to figure out a way to help her country.  She finds the Women’s Airforce Service pilots (WASP).  The only problem is they won’t let in African-Americans.  Fortunately for her, she is very light-skinned and passes for white.  She joins up and learns everything she can about be a pilot.  The entire time she is worried that someone will discover her secret.

I was very wary about this book when I first started it, but about a quarter of the way in I was hooked.  Ida Mae is a great character.  There are so many dimensions to who she is and where she came from.  I loved the historical aspect of this book.  The author does a fantastic job of maintaining historical accuracy.  I would recommend this book to anyone needing to read historical fiction as well as people interested in pilots or World War II.  It gives a different perspective to both arenas.

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