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When I was little, something special happened every Sunday. Other families went to baseball games or the movies, but not mine . . . We went to watch the airplanes. . . .
Maggie dreamed of flying--just like her favorite pilot, Amelia Earhart. She told her brothers and sisters stories of flying across oceans and deserts, and all around the world. But in the 1920s and 1930s, few girls took to the sky.
Then, when Maggie grew up, her whole world changed overnight: the United States entered World War II, and everyone in her family was affected. Maggie knew that this was the time to support her country--and it was her chance to fly. Young Maggie Gee became one of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots to serve in WWII.
Based on the true adventures of a girl not bound by gravity, Marissa Moss's stirring story and Carl Angel's brilliant illustrations depict what determination, bravery, and boundless possibilities look like when dreams are allowed to soar sky high.
"An intimate first-person narrative carries this story of Gee, who, as a child, dreamed of becoming a pilot, and went on to become one of just two Chinese-Americans in the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Radiant acrylic and colored pencil illustrations convey Maggie's desire to take to the sky, as well as her cultural heritage. While serving, Gee is once even mistaken for an enemy pilot ('I felt like an exhibit at the county fair... the amazing Chinese American WASP'), and the book ends with her plane soaring above sherbet clouds: 'Now I tell these stories to my children and grandchildren, and my tales must seem as far away to them as China.' A triumphant story of determination. Ages 9 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Every Sunday Maggie Gees family would gather at the local airfield to watch the airplanes and
Acclaimed author Moss tells the story of Maggie Gee, from her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area to becoming one of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to serve during World War II. Full color.
1. How long did it take you to write this book?
This book took ten years, off and on, the longest I’ve ever worked on a book!
2. When did you know you were a writer?
I sent my first book to publishers when I was 9, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try to send work out again until I was a grown-up.
3. What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Maggie! She’s an amazingly strong, focused woman. After she broke with family tradition and became a pilot, she went to school and became a physicist, working at the Lawrence Livermore Labs on defense programs. She wasn’t content to break one barrier — she broke two!
4. Do you have any hobbies?
I swim with a master’s team. It’s a great way to get ideas, so I always keep a notebook in my swim jacket.
5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. There was no fallback plan. If I hadn’t gotten my first book, I’d still be waiting tables!