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Title:
Fly girls : the daring American women pilots who helped win WWII / P. O'Connell Pearson.
ISBN:
9781534404106

9781534404113
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
War clouds -- Preparing for war -- No more choices -- Answering the call -- Becoming Wasps -- Ferrying for Uncle Sam -- Yes to every job -- Greater heights -- Attacked -- At last -- Epilogue.
Abstract:
In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country's call in its time of need during World War II.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 10 up.

Interest grade level: 7 to 8.
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Summary

In the tradition of Hidden Figures , debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country's call in its time of need during World War II.

At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for skilled pilots--but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure determination, 1,100 of these female pilots--who had to prove their worth time and time again--were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more.

Though the WASPs lived on military bases, trained as military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials.

Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to do good with no concern for personal gain.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Pearson's accessible and immediate portrait of the women aviators whose organization became known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) highlights the courage and tenacity that bound them together during WWII. Quotations from the pilots illuminate their personalities and commitment to their country and careers in the face of gender discrimination, aircraft deemed unfit for flight, and Congress's refusal to militarize them, denying them benefits that were awarded to other women's auxiliaries (until some 30 years later). An early lobbyist for allowing women to fly noncombat missions on American military bases, pilot Jacqueline Cochran eventually became the lead pilot in command of an all-male crew, despite the fact that "red tape and sexist insinuations stood mountainously in my way." In one especially intense passage, future WASP Cornelia Fort recounts being forced to alter her plane's course to avoid the Japanese bomber headed to Pearl Harbor: "My heart turned over convulsively when the bomb exploded in the middle of the Harbor." Archival photos and sidebars supplement this often thrilling tribute to these aviation heroes. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Excerpts

Fly Girls A night view of the 1939 New York World's Fair--"World of Tomorrow." Excerpted from FLY GIRLS: THE DARING AMERICAN WOMEN PILOTS WHO HELPED WIN WWII All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

1 War Cloudsp. 1
2 Preparing For Warp. 15
3 No More Choicesp. 29
4 Answering the Callp. 47
5 Becoming Waspsp. 61
6 Ferrying for Uncle Samp. 81
7 Yes to Every Jobp. 97
8 Greater Heightsp. 115
9 Attackedp. 137
10 At Lastp. 157
Epiloguep. 173
Bibliographyp. 178
Notesp. 183
Time Linep. 189
Indexp. 192

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