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FLYGIRL by Sherri L. Smith

January 22, 2009
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I’ve been meaning to post my review of Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith for at least the past month now.   And because Flygirl is being released today, I thought I’d finally better get my act together and post my review.

Ida Mae Jones wants to be a pilot.  There are a few obstacles in her achieving this aspiration: 1)she’s female, 2) she’s African American, 3)it’s the 1940’s, oh, and a tiny little 4)she doesn’t have her pilot’s license, because of the aforementioned 1-3.

Will sexism and racism discourage Ida Mae from reaching her goal?  Sure.  However, World War II and her brother’s deployment to the Pacific front ramps up Ida Mae’s courage and she joins the war effort in her own right.

Ida Mae signs up for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots also known as the WASP.  She is befriended by two inspiring young women: Patsy and Lily who have joined the WASP because they too have a passion for flying.  Throughout her service, Ida Mae is self-conscious of her social status as an African American woman “passing” as White.

Flygirl explores issues of identity and being true to oneself.   Readers will quickly identify with this coming of age story and Ida Mae’s likable character.  When you get to the end of this story you’ll find yourself wishing there were more.

Visit Sherri L. Smith’s website for more.

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