- Tapa blanda: 304 páginas
- Editor: Penguin USA (16 de septiembre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0142417254
- ISBN-13: 978-0142417256
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Flygirl (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 16 sep 2010
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A dynamic, heartfelt novel. "The Washington Post"
A thrilling, but little-known story that begs to be told. The book is at once informative and entertaining. "School Library Journal"
?A dynamic, heartfelt novel.? ?"The Washington Post"
?A thrilling, but little-known story that begs to be told. The book is at once informative and entertaining.? ?"School Library Journal"
"A dynamic, heartfelt novel." - "The Washington Post"
"A thrilling, but little-known story that begs to be told. The book is at once informative and entertaining." - "School Library Journal"
-A dynamic, heartfelt novel.+ -The Washington Post
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For fans of Unbroken and Ruta Sepetys.
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 she's 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 WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if she's 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 one's self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately it's not what you do but who you are that's most important.
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On top of getting a firm feel for life at Avenger Field during world war 2 and the flight training and procedures, readers also get a look at what it is like to be black in the 1940s. Ida is always having to worry about her hair curling too much or somebody figuring out her secret because back then, her secret could get her killed. On top of the racial tension is the fact that she is a woman to boot. I doubt anybody had it harder back then. Women in general had it rough, but being a black woman... most of us would not have had Ida's courage.
Also in the story is how Ida deals with conflicting emotions regarding her family in New Orleans (she feels she is denying her own heritage and family, especially when her mom comes to visit and has to act like her maid) and her family in Sweetwater. How would her newfound white friends act if they knew the truth? My only complaint about this novel is we never found that out.
There is also a situation with the loss of a friend. Ida has to deal with her grief as she watches a friend die and her conflicting emotions about the situation as she realizes it could happen to her.
I absolutely loved the courageous flight Ida takes with Lily in a B-29. Great way to end this novel. Readers see how the WASP was literally used and discarded. I feel for all the women that were involved. Yet, this does not stop Ida Mae. Despite the fact that the Army betrays her and her female comrades in the end, Ida Mae still wants to fly, not as a white woman, nor a black woman, but as Ida Mae.
Ms. Smith, I would like to see a sequel to this book. I would like to see Ida Mae go work for Walt and come clean about her heritage. I'd like to see her overcome the 1950s and keep on flying despite all odds. We need more books with strong female heroines, white, black, latina.... Thumbs up, Ms. Smith.
Go ahead and take a read and feel yourself soar.