You know, Ida Mae Jones, you were born to be a WASP. You’ll do just fine without me.”
Flygirl begins on December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy. World War II has just started for the United States. For Ida Mae Jones, it means her brother will join the US Army and fight with the other coloreds, a dangerous place. With skin light enough to pass for white, Ida Mae becomes Jonesy, a flygirl in the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Thanks to her father’s instruction in flying his small crop duster, Jonesy adapts to larger plans and more dangerous flights with relative ease and excitement. But pretending to be a white woman during Jim Crow proves difficult for a housemaid.
Everything about this book will draw you in: the setting, racial tension, language and dialogue are authentic. Jonesy’s precariousness and the moral line she must walk will keep you strapped in until the ride is over.