Read Sherri L. Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog 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... show more
Read Sherri L. Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog 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.
Publish date: January 22nd 2009
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, African American
, World War II
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 ...
I really do like this book. It started off strong, sort of leveled out in the middle, and I'm not sure what to make of the ending. The ending was left open, and I'm not sure if the character ever resolved the concept of her whiteness vs. colorness. I suppose that's for the reader to decide.I also re...
I was expecting to really, really love this book, but as it turns out, I feel that I can only give it three stars and half.Everything about this book should be fantastic. It’s about a young girl called Ida Mae, who has wanted to fly ever since her father took her up in his Jenny when she was little....
This was my first 48 hour challenge, and I’m happy to say that I 1) successfully completed it 2) got a lot of reading done and 3) read some books I really enjoyed. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami-finished Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson-finished Pointe by Brandy Colbert-finished...
Ever since reading, Code Name Verity, I've been interested in reading more about what woman did during WWII, especially that of woman pilots. Which I never knew was a thing. So I should definitely say I was holding this book up to par with Code Name Verity - a near impossible standard. While an enjo...