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ISBN13: 9780399247095
ISBN10: 0399247092
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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’s 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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"Smith (Lucy the Giant) brings a gripping perspective to bear upon a lesser-known piece of America's past: during WWII, the government recruited women pilots to fly non-combat missions, e.g., ferrying planes. Driven by a desire to fly and wanting to help her enlisted brother, Ida Mae decides to pass as white so she can join the program. The author has an expert grasp on her subject, and readers will learn plenty about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, from their impractical uniforms to the dangerous missions they flew without reward. Ida Mae's unique point of view gives her special insight into the often poor treatment of women: when a pilot friend gets frustrated by a stunt they are asked to perform, Ida realizes, 'Lily's just finding out what I've been living with my whole life. She's never known what it was like to be hobbled by somebody else's rules.' Key scenes demonstrate how much Ida has sacrificed by passing, as when her much darker mother visits her on Christmas and, la Imitation of Life, poses as the family housekeeper. Although this book feels constructed to educate, readers will find the lesson well crafted. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Like Brother, Ida Mae Jones must define courage for herself. When her older brother enlists during World War II, Ida Mae yearns to do more than just hoard sugar, clean houses and work on her family's strawberry farm. Her father, a crop duster with his own plane, had taught her to fly before he died, and she decides to join the newly formed WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). But with the country... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

When America enters World War II, the Army creates the Women's Air Force Service Pilots. Ida Mae Jones, a young African-American woman, suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something to help her brother stationed in the Pacific.

Synopsis:

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 sheÕs 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 WASPÑWomen Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if sheÕs 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 oneÕs self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately itÕs not what you do but who you are thatÕs most important.

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About the Author

Sherri L. Smith is the author of Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, and Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

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rosebud24, December 5, 2010 (view all comments by rosebud24)
This is a great book! I enjoyed it very much! A young girl named Ida Mae Jones can fly an airplane, but has many limitations because she is black. Her brother, Thomas, goes to war as a doctor. She wants to help him in any way possible. She pretends to be white and "passes". She trains to become a WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots. Will she pass her tests and become one? Read this amazing book and find out!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399247095
Author:
Smith, Sherri L.
Publisher:
G. P. Putnam's Sons
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Air pilots
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.30x5.80x1.20 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Smith (Lucy the Giant) brings a gripping perspective to bear upon a lesser-known piece of America's past: during WWII, the government recruited women pilots to fly non-combat missions, e.g., ferrying planes. Driven by a desire to fly and wanting to help her enlisted brother, Ida Mae decides to pass as white so she can join the program. The author has an expert grasp on her subject, and readers will learn plenty about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, from their impractical uniforms to the dangerous missions they flew without reward. Ida Mae's unique point of view gives her special insight into the often poor treatment of women: when a pilot friend gets frustrated by a stunt they are asked to perform, Ida realizes, 'Lily's just finding out what I've been living with my whole life. She's never known what it was like to be hobbled by somebody else's rules.' Key scenes demonstrate how much Ida has sacrificed by passing, as when her much darker mother visits her on Christmas and, la Imitation of Life, poses as the family housekeeper. Although this book feels constructed to educate, readers will find the lesson well crafted. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When America enters World War II, the Army creates the Women's Air Force Service Pilots. Ida Mae Jones, a young African-American woman, suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something to help her brother stationed in the Pacific.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 sheÕs 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 WASPÑWomen Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if sheÕs 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 oneÕs self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately itÕs not what you do but who you are thatÕs most important.

Read Sherri L. Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog

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