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|Fly girls : the daring American women pilots who helped win WWII|
Author: Pearson, P. O'Connell
Introduces a little-known group of female pilots who answered their country's call in its desperate need for skilled pilots during World War II.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/18)
School Library Journal (02/01/18)
Booklist (+) (02/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 6–8—From 1941 until 1944, more than 1,000 women, many of them already highly experienced aviators, took to the air as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Though quite small in number compared to other airborne units, the WASPs undertook many vital yet dangerous missions with the utmost skill and often very little recognition. From ferrying newly manufactured aircraft to awaiting military bases, assisting in target and searchlight trainings, towing supply gliders behind enemy lines, and acting as flight instructors and air taxis, these remarkable women risked their lives as civilians time and again in service of their country. But despite their bravery and perseverance in the face of danger, harassment, sexism, and discrimination, they would be denied military status, honors, and benefits for another 35 years. Pearson excels at clarifying this complicated war for young readers in a style that is riveting, informative, and never watered down. While bridging world events to American life in the 1940s, she tells the WASPs' story with dignity, offering a touching, moving tribute to their extremely risky, behind-the-scenes tasks that proved vital to the war effort and an Allied victory. The author also provides a fascinating look at what sadly remained a forgotten history for far too long, creating an inspirational example for young readers to follow their paths despite the obstacles. VERDICT A fine purchase that provides a more balanced and empowered perspective of U.S. history.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2018 *Starred Review* The brave female pilots of WWII get some long-overdue attention in Pearson’s highly readable history of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) program. Despite the looming threat of war in 1939, American women weren’t permitted to serve their country as pilots, largely due to misconceptions that they were too delicate emotionally and physically. That didn’t stop these aviators though, especially Jackie Cochran and Nancy Love, who found ways around this barrier. Cochran joined the war effort in Britain, ferrying fighter planes to different bases, while Love got the army’s go-ahead to form the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) in the U.S. Shortly after, Cochran returned to lead the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD), and it was through the combination of these organizations that WASP was formed. Astonishing details reveal themselves as readers learn about the obstacles these women faced, namely, double standards, harassment, and a lack of support. As a civilian outfit, they were not entitled to military benefits, yet they were subjected to its rules. They outflew many of their male counterparts and took up dangerous jobs as test and tow pilots, all to free men to fly in combat, since they could not. It’s a truly inspiring read, and Pearson adeptly addresses the support and censure these fearless and dignified ladies received, and their shamefully drawn-out fight for recognition. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.