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Flu Review - Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Ida is a young woman in the 1940s.  She longs to fly, just like her father.  However, in her world, women do not fly.  Especially black women.  As she gains the courage to leave home and pursue her dreams, she faces intense difficulties.  Because she has very light black skin, she can pass off as a white girl, but when she joins the Women’s Air Force she struggles to keep her identity a secret while not offending her own people by pretending to be white.

Flygirl is a beautifully written story of how prejudice can be overcome and dreams can be grasped, even by a woman.  As the heroine straddles the line between trying to reach her goals yet staying true to herself, she discovers that not all white people are alike.

Sherri L. Smith does an artful job of laying out the nuances that create the world that this young black girl lived in.  You can almost smell the hot engines of the aircraft and hear the old radio playing in the background.  The hardship and heartbreak are very real feeling, but the satisfaction of learning how to overcome is incredibly moving.  This book gives the reader a taste of the war years without too much graphic detail.  It is perfect for young aviation enthusiasts.  All said, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

By Jenny

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