Sherri L. Smith
Age Range: 12 and up
During World War II, female pilots were able to join a program called WASP “Women Airforce Service Pilots” to help the war effort. Ida Mae Jones wants to join the WASPs, but there’s one problem, she’s black and WASP doesn’t accept black pilots. Being light-skinned, Ida changes her name and passes for white in order to join. But the pressure of keeping up appearances brings up a lot of heavy emotions for Ida about what it means to be true to herself.
This book would be a great read for any student who may be struggling with their identity and trying to accept themselves and their place in the world, especially young female black students.