Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
The only thing Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. She knows how to fly, but she can't get her license. This story is set in the 1940's. Her father taught her how to fly and she feels connected to him and free while she is flying. She uses her light skin to pass as a white when racism affects joining the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Race and gender are the topics she can't escape from and this novel shows how she has to deal with it daily.
WASP recruited women to fly non-combat missions. Their uniforms were impractical (unbelievable, really). The women received very little respect and very little reward. This historical fiction is set during World War II. Sherri L. Smith has a knack for giving the readers just enough information without emphasizing the gory details. Smith makes me understand the point of view of each character. I think she would agree with me that this book is for Young Adults.
* Rebecca Caudill Award 2012 Nominee*