Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Flygirl

I finished Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.  This is a young adult historical novel about WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during WWII.  The extra twist is that the main character is an African American who is light-skinned enough to "pass" and is able to make it through the training and become a WASP, but this adds much risk to her position.

The story does a good job of depicting the feelings on the home front during the war.  People really felt like they were doing their part by saving bacon grease, turning in their silk stockings, and using rationing coupons.  The WASP life seemed somewhat glamorized, but usually pilots are seen as romantic characters (i.e. "Top Gun") so I guess that was to be expected.  I think young adults, both girls and boys, will find this novel interesting and easy to read.

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