Flygirl 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 he

  • Title: Flygirl
  • Author: Sherri L. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780399247095
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Flygirl

    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 somethIda 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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    1. The Library Lady

      Don t read this because of the blurb on the back by Newbery Printz teacher s pet Jacqueline Woodson.Don t read it just because it s a window on a seldom told story of women in WWII Don t read it just because of the theme of an African American woman trying to pass for white in the segregated world of the 1940s Don t read it just because you re looking for another girls can do anything they put their minds to it despite the odds sort of read.Read it because it s well written, well researched and [...]

    2. Tamora Pierce

      I keep an eye open for every book Sherri L Smith publishes, and I m never disappointed This is the story of a young woman of color, the daughter of a flyer, who passes as white to join the WASPs and fly for her country during WWII Her goal to serve her country is admirable, but can she find peace with herself and her color as well You ll have to read to find out, and you ll be glad you did.

    3. Rose

      Sherri L Smith s Flygirl is a gem of a novel, taking place during the middle of World War II where a young woman enlists as a pilot in the army However, in doing so, she not only faces the dangers that await her in the sky, but an everyday danger as she hides her racial identity in order to make her dreams happen I loved the writing, the strength of the characterizations, and the overarching story as it deals with many difficult issues of the time racism, sexism, and issues of identity and overc [...]

    4. Lauren Stoolfire

      Flygirls by Sherri L Smith is an absolute must read for fans of historical fiction that draws on real life events I was right there the entire ride through all the ups and downs alongside Ida Mae This novel also deals with race and passing, especially in regards to Southern America and the military, and it s a fascinating, if at times entirely overwhelming and crushing that being said the author handles everything well If you re interested in women in World War II, particularly the WASPs, you ne [...]

    5. Elizabeth

      A fun read I got very caught up in it about halfway through, especially during Ida Mae s WASP training The plot suffers a bit from lack of drive nothing really connects one flight to another And also, it ended rather abruptly, and without proper closure But the characters are distinct and engaging, and the portrait of a typical WASP a pretty fascinating subject by any account is made even intriguing by the added tension of black Ida Mae s having to pretend to be a white girl in the 1940s south [...]

    6. Kaethe

      Originally Veronica picked it up at a school book sale So, yes, I ve been meaning to read it since she was in elementary school But Natasha spotted it and read it as part of her 40 Book Genre Challenge for school And she loved it So then I started it, and it was on my bedside table when the crew swept in, removed everything from my house, made the floor 3 4 of an inch taller and put everything or less back So on the day itself, when I had time to read, I couldn t lay hands on a single book But [...]

    7. Nicole

      Interesting concept, but I didn t think the writing or the plot was that well developed It was a fairly short book, but it took me longer than I thought to get through it because it just didn t grab me I liked the characters, but, again, it was hard to get into the book and become very connected to them The concept of passing was interesting to me and the conflict and stress it introduced for Ida Mae, but when the book ended and we were left hanging on what would happen in her future, the questi [...]

    8. Lauren ✨ (YABookers)

      A fantastic, well researched, engaging historical fiction with important messages about identity Ida Mae was an exceptional protagonist The plot was a bit clumsy at times, but the distinct characters certainly made up for it For fans of historical fiction or women in aviation, I would certainly recommend.

    9. Christie

      First sentence It s Sunday afternoon, and the phonograph player is jumping like a clown in a parade the way Jolene and I are dancing Ida Mae Jones just wants to fly Ever since her father taught her in his crop duster, she has never felt at home than in the cockpit of a plane Now there is a war on and Ida Mae wants to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP to help with the war effort The only roadblock is that the WASP does not accept African American girls Ida Mae faces the difficult choic [...]

    10. Cece

      Flyyyyyyy Girl Say what, say what, say what Her name is Ida Mae and she s a flygirl,And she didn t let World War II rock her world Flyyyyyyy Girl Say what, say what, say what The title reminded me of the chant I remember from my childhood hopsctoch days.

    11. Forever Young Adult

      Graded By JennieCover Story Big Face, Pilot EditionBFF Charm YaySwoonworthy Scale 5Talky Talk WASPBonus Factor Trampling the PatriarchyRelationship Status Co PilotRead the full book report here.

    12. Kevin

      I really enjoyed this book, a lot It was a very interesting story that continued to hold my interest from start to finish.

    13. Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

      Well, I ve always wanted to fly an airplane myself, so I could relate to Ida Mae s ambitions very well in this story I was fascinated particularly by the double prejudice against her being female and being black I just can t understand the attitude of thinking of someone lesser than you because their skin color is different It just doesn t make sense And yet, that s how it was back during World War II Ida Mae s successful attempt to pass as a white person seemed so unnecessary to me, and yet, th [...]

    14. Meredith

      Ida Mae is an African American who s light skinned enough to pass as white Although most other African Americans would be rejected from serving, she uses her light skin to join the WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots and begin, she hopes, to serve her fighting brother and country Underlying the historical aspects, were beautiful dynamics of flying in the stead of her late father, finding identity, and her desire to stay pretty and feminine rather than be one of the boys The biggest thing that got [...]

    15. Abby Crowley

      The book FlyGirl by Sherri L Smith was an intriguing book I would give it a four out of five star rating The beginning on the book was a little slow and it took a long time to get the the main event This book is about a light skinned african american girl named Ida Mae Jones and she wants to be a pilot for the United States military and do her best to help America in World War 2 She reads about a program where women can learn to fly, the only problem is that it is for white people So, in order t [...]

    16. Kelli Clark

      I enjoyed the experience of seeing the world through a young woman s eyes in the 1940 s And not just any woman one who wants to do her part in the war effort by joining the man s army to be a pilot The author really brings to light what it was like to live in segregation and for women to be told they can t do anything outside of being a housewife or secretary Society truly feowned upon women having dreams to become than a stay at home mom It was empowering to see the main character, Ida Mae Jon [...]

    17. Lisa

      AS I mentioned earlier, this is very readable historical fiction It would be a great addition to a collection to support WWI reads as well as Women s History Now, I want something similar for my elementary library I think the tone of this book is above most of my elementary upper grade readers, not inappropriate, but just boring to them I m looking for a book that relates the strength of women and their place in history Maybe I ll write it myself, and then I ll have the book I want.

    18. Anna Walden

      This book is a heck of a good story You could really see the research behind this novell Although I think it s missing some plot here and there, it still was a quick and fun read Opend up to a lot of thoughts about racism, family and friends Big plus for really littel romantic sub plot If you like WWII story s and kick ass, you will enjoy this book.

    19. Erin

      Ida Mae Jones is a young black girl living in Louisiana Ever since she was a little girl and her father showed her how to fly, she has wanted to be a pilot The only problem is it s 1940, and discrimination against both blacks and women is very strong When her brother goes off and joins the military, she is very upset Then she learns about the program that the US Army has formed, called the WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots Ida Mae happens to have very light skin for a black girl, so she decides [...]

    20. Abby

      I was expecting to really, really love this book, but as it turns out, I feel that I can only give it three stars The rating is probably closer to three stars and a half, though.Everything about this book should be fantastic It s about a young girl called Ida Mae, who has wanted to fly ever since her father took her up in his Jenny when she was little Her chance comes as World War Two takes hold of the country, and she s suddenly shoved out of her comfortable home life in Slidell, Louisana, and [...]

    21. ALPHAreader

      Sherri L Smith s Flygirl is definitely going on my 2010 favourite s list I m also counting it as one of my all time favourite Young Adult reads heck, it s a favourite book all round.The book opens in December 1941, on the day that Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese Not long after the attack the US army develop the WASP program Women Airforce Service Pilots Twenty year old Ida Mae Jones dreams of the sky Her dearly departed Daddy taught her to fly for crop dusting but Ida dreams of She dre [...]

    22. Sidney Fries-Horan

      Flygirl takes place during World War II in 1941 Ida Mae Jones s life changes when her older brother Thomas announces he has joined the army With Thomas off to war for over a year and a half, Ida Mae feels helpless But then one day, she finds a newspaper article announcing a Women s Airforce Service Pilots WASP program, which sparks an idea about how she can help Ida Mae already loves to fly and now she uses her passion to help her country and make her father proud She says, It was at my daddy s [...]

    23. Ashley W

      Flygirl has easily become one of my favorite books of the year Ida Mae s story of following her dreams despite the racial barriers in her way is one that is truly inspiring I was introduced to women wanting to fly during World War II in an equally awesome book, Code Name Verity, and though I m truly afraid of heights and will not be flying anything anytime soon, I understood their passion for being in the sky After all, there is nothing in the sky that will discriminate against women and African [...]

    24. TeenRA Resource Teens

      Get it at the library bit 10EiVyi Catherine s Response Sherri Smith has crafted a story that deals with the complex issues of race and gender at one of the most fascinating and volatile times in US history Although at times it felt like she slipped into a recitation of facts about historical figures of the time and aviation, for the most part the story of Ida Mae and her struggles was highly thought provoking and moved along quickly Having grown up in the South, where racial discrimination is st [...]

    25. Lenore Appelhans

      Ida Mae loves to fly and dreams of being a licensed pilot But she has two big obstacles living in the American south in the 1940 s she s a woman and she s black When the US enters World War II and Ida Mae reads about the Women Airforce Service Pilots program, she decides to apply Because she knows she has no chance to be admitted into the program as a black, she decides to try to pass as white which she can thanks to her light skin , even though her family is against it.This is a solid and inspi [...]

    26. Margaret

      Ida Mae Jones wants to fly, the way her daddy taught her to In 1940s Louisiana, though, a black girl has no chance to fly Ida can t even get a license When her little brother brings home an article about the Women s Airforce Service Pilots, formed by Jacqueline Cochran to ferry planes and free up male pilots to fight in the war, Ida thinks this might be her chance to help in the war and help bring her brother home from the front But the WASP don t take black women, so to get in, Ida has to pass [...]

    27. NatalieSapkarov Harvey

      October choice for the Youth Lit Book Club another meeting I ll have to miss since it s on my Seminar night I m glad that I still read the book, though Generally, I m not a fan of historical fiction, and I really don t like anything war related, but this was a fresh perspective, a different side of the war that I had never seen or heard of before I think this would be a great addition as a choice novel for students studying World War II especially those who are like me and are not fond of the ac [...]

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