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Fly Girls: The Forgotten Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  29 reviews
It 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 milita
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and thrilling nonfiction about the squadrons of women pilots who flew for the US in the Second World War. Their stories made me angry, made me cheer, and even made me tear up at times.

As the war heated up, any men who could fly were needed on the front, leaving a shortage of flyers at home for duties such as training new pilots and flying brand-new aircraft from factories to bases. About 1200 superb women pilots stepped up, taking on every mission they could. They served as flight instructo
Ms. Yingling
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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While WWI used planes, the technology and use really took off during WWII. It's hard for people today to understand how all-consuming this war was, but Pearson does a fantastic job at setting the scene. Factories of all sorts switched from their regular products to producing for the war effort. Some Kellogg's plants quite making cereal, for example, and produced K rations. Cars and car parts were not produced, families were encouraged to put in gardens, which many did si
Barb Dixon Palmieri
"Their motive for wanting to fly airplanes all those years ago wasn't for fame of glory or recognition. They simply had a passion to take what gifts they had and use them to help defend not only America, but the entire free world, from tyranny...And they let no one get in their way."

I saw this book come into the store and knew I had to read it. Patricia O'Connell Pearson did a great job. There was obviously a lot of research that had gone into this book. The research and information about what h
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
A straightforward account of how women served as pilots during World War II, the challenges they faced, and their struggle to be recognized for the accomplishments they had. I had a little bit of a struggle keeping all the names straight, and it might have been better if the author had focused more in depth on just a few of the pilots who were involved. Still, it was very clear that these women were just as skilled as the men in flying military craft, and their treatment during and after the war ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd heard of the WASP program before reading this book, but I didn't know much about it in terms of specific details. I know a lot more now having read this book. Pearson does an excellent job of describing the program as well as the events that led up to its creation and the events that led to its demise. Specific individuals who played a key role in the program are mentioned by name throughout the book. I especially enjoyed the experiences of specific WASP participants that Pearson shares thro ...more
Jill Adams
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciated learning some new things that I hadn't heard about before--
Ellen Klock
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fly Girls: The Forgotten Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII by P. O'Connell Pearson is a nonfiction book written for middle school children introducing the lives of various female aviators who made an impact on the world by their contribution to the war effort in World War II. Laying the groundwork, Pearson goes back to the beginning of the unrest in Europe, describing the actions of Hitler and the Axis as well as the relationship between England and its Allies, especially when the Germans in ...more
laurel [suspected bibliophile]

I absolutely loved this fascinating and informative history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II, who performed many dangerous and dreary missions ferrying planes across the country, pulling targets for live-fire training, serving as test pilots for new and "repaired" aircraft, and flying terrifying new aircraft to prove that it was "so easy a girl could do it." All this, while faced with monumental discrimination that sometimes ended in sexual harassment and sabotage, an
Cindy Hudson
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
During World War II, people all over the U.S. were asked to pitch in to help the war effort. For women especially, this meant they got to do jobs they would not have been otherwise allowed to do. One of those jobs was flying military aircraft. In the 1940s, women had a hard time being accepted as pilots at all, much less in a military setting.

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O’Connell Pearson tells the incredible story of the some of these women. Despite faci
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Fly Girls is the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) that flew for the United States during World War II. Patricia O'Connell Pearson's book is an engrossing and comprehensive look at the work of the WASPs. She chronicles how they began, the assignments they were given, their disbanding, and their fight for militarization in the decades following the war. Pearson includes many remarkable stories, including how Cornelia Fo
Moose Donica
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"As long as our planes flew overhead, the skies of America were free and that's what all of us everywhere were fighting for. And that we, in a very small way, are being allowed to help keep that sky free is the most beautiful thing I've ever known."

I was reading this book to try to get into the non-fiction genre (I usually read fiction) and I greatly enjoyed it. Fly Girls is the story of the WASPS, female pilots in WWII who fought sexism and discrimination to serve their nation. This book is inf
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: booktalks
3.5 stars. This is a great, detailed book for middle school. I appreciated that some harder topics, like segregation, were not glossed over. The framed text inserts are equally detailed and well organized. I would actually rate the text at 4 stars, however, I had to take a half star off my final rating for several other reasons. One, the quality of the pictures and maps was horrible. The maps are almost illegible and the pictures are grainy. I pulled some other books from our library shelves and ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: histories
Made me interested enough in the topic to want to find a better book about it. But this one seemed to contain a lot of repetition and a lot of description of feelings (and not a lot of actual dates and events), as if there isn't enough information out there to fill out a book of this length. Also retells anecdotes instead of using quotes from the women involved. Does contain a few biased blurbs, but might be a good book to use the bibliography in the back for research, school work, personal inte ...more
Molly Dettmann
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this was a decent upper elementary/middle school nonfiction about the brave women pilots of WWII. The book gives an intro to how WWII started and then focuses on the obstacles and prejudice women military pilots faced as the fought tooth and nail to be treated as equals to men. I appreciate that the narrative didn’t shy from how the women also showed prejudice themselves and excluded African-American women from training in their program, but that part was just a blip in the overall sto ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book describing women’s roles in flight during World War II. Background information is included, as well as insights about daily life for the women & discrimination. The notes, timeline, & bibliography add to the text. The editor for the book, however, fell down on the job. In the beginning of the book “WASP” is fully capitalized, but later in the book it isn’t. Also, while the photos included are helpful, there are few pictures of the women discussed in the text & ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the women who flew as service ferrying pilots -- WASP -- during WWII and the discrimination they faced only because they were women and their fight to gain full military status over 35 years later. Like Hidden Figures, this historical account tells the true story of women who challenged prescribed roles and proved the amazing strength, intelligence, determination, and patriotism of women. These women loved to fly, but more important, they felt pride in serving their country ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great look at a part of history I did not know about. These women faced harassment, sexism, and discrimination during their time as WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II. Yet, they persevered to become some of the best pilots the military ever saw. This book for middle school readers was a quick read and easy to understand with so many textual features such as photographs, maps, and sidebars. I would recommend it for any World War II buff or anyone wanting to know ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well researched and written history of the WASP women, their bravery and service and the incredible barriers they faced both before and AFTER their service. This was not new ground for me, having read an earlier book on the subject but still very interesting and filled with personal anecdotes that really brought the women's experiences to life.

Accessible for a younger audience with plenty of inserted historical information to help understanding.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-use, wwii
This book is a great non-fiction book outlining the lives of the women pilots during WWII. It is a story rarely told and one that I konw a lot of my girls would like to know about. I'm not sure any of them would read the whole book because, while well written, it's a little much for a fourth grader, but I would love to have it pulled for our unit so they could see the photographs and read captions and a few chapters to get the idea and spark their interest.
Carol Moore Kollar
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, gr-5-8
When WWII broke out, the United States was desperate for pilots. Even though women were not allowed in the military, they trained despite no pay, benefits, uniforms and prejudice from many male pilots. Despite the poor conditions, they had a higher success rate than male pilots and were safer pilots. Pearson chronicles the challenges these women faced and yet their determination in their patriotic duty. A good read!
Amberly Brewer
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Amazon used seller sent me the wrong book with the same title. This would be a great history book for an elementary student but doesn’t give lots of details about the women it follows. Perhaps that is because that information is tough to get. I read the book and then showed up to book club having read the wrong thing. It was interesting in terms of how it chronicles the influence and impact of women pilots shaping and being vital to the war effort in WWII.
Wendy Garland
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The interesting content brings my rating to 4 stars, not the quality (or lack thereof) of the writing. The topic captured my attention and I am now reading Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien in pursuit of more stories behind the women pilots. Captured here is an outline of the program and some detail, but I am intrigued and want more stories about these courageous women.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible book about incredible women

I feel like I know so many of these remarkable women personally. I don't think any book has ever inspired more tears, anger, frustration, and pride in me. This book is a gift.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This book tells how much women pilots helped in World War II. The sexism was hard to read about-so upsetting/disappointing. At times the book was slow, but I’m glad I read it and I’m glad books like this draw attention to women’s rights.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
I did not realize that this was a "younger readers" book. If that had been made obvious on the cover it would have been a 4 star book.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
A brief history of female WWII pilots for early readers (10yo+) - not comprehensive, of course, but a nice overview that I could see working well in the classroom.
Carolyn Yocic
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was written for young readers, I recommend it for any age. I had never heard of the WASP until I read this book, makes me proud to be a woman!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
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