DIVerse Families
 
Flygirl

Title

Flygirl

Authors

Sherri L. Smith

Publisher

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780399247095

Pages

275 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Biracial; Race discrimination; Single parent; mixed race; racism; segregation; single mother

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White / multiracial

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Amelia Bloomer List,2010
Best Books for Young Adults,2010
Best of the Best Books,2009
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth,2009
Choices,2010
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,2010
Washington Post Best Kid's Books,2009
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults,2010
Distinguished Books,2009
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults,2014
Beehive Book Award, 2011 (Nominee)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2010-2011 (Nominee)
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2011-2012 (Nominee)
Georgia Peach Teen Readers' Choice Award, 2010-2011 (Nominee)
Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2012 (Nominee)
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2012-2013 (Nominee)
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 2012 (Nominee)
South Carolina Junior Book Award, 2010-2011 (Nominee)
Tayshas High School Reading List, 2010
Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2012-2013 (Nominee)
Volunteer State Book Award, 2011-2012 (Nominee)
Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2010-2011
Young Adult Reading Program, 2011-2012 (Nominee)
Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013 (Nominee)
California Book Awards, 2009 Young Adult
Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2011 Young Adult

Keywords

women Airforce Pilots; World War (1939-1945); air pilots; African Americans; World War II; women pilots; prejudice; brothers and sisters; identity; determination; the forties; military participation

Diversity Impact

direct

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