Flying Fillies: The Sky's the Limit
FLYING FILLIES is an adventure book for children about female pilots and growing up in World War 2.
A surprise attack on Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II! Defeat would mean a future too horrible to imagine, so every American must play their part, including 12-year-old Dawn Springfield. As if she didn’t have enough to worry about. Grieving over her beloved horse, Dawn is coping with moving, starting a new school, making new friends—and enemies. Now she has Hitler to deal with as well.
Undeterred, Dawn volunteers at nearby Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. Her aunt Georgia has joined the WASP—Women Airforce Service Pilots—a program that trains female pilots to fly military planes to relieve their male counterparts desperately needed on the battlefront. Only a few will be chosen; even fewer will survive the training—some won’t survive at all.
Through laughter and tears, triumph and disaster, Dawn watches the Flying Fillies, her nickname for the WASP, overcome every obstacle and soar to new heights. Their stories and sacrifice inspire her coming of age.
Highly recommended by educators, parents, and teachers, this historical fiction book for children makes for an excellent resource to supplement the history curriculum in schools. And for parents who teach their kids at home, this is an excellent addition to the homeschool books.
Flying Fillies showcases a LOOKING BACK section with vivid historical photos to bring to life real WW2 WASP in training, thanks to the support of the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas.
This children's book also includes ample archival images from war bonds to victory gardens and canning to illustrate the time and WWII history.
A GLOSSARY enriches the historical details, including prominent WWII figures, popular 1940s terms, and other pertinent facts.
A WW2 book for kids, Flying Fillies themes on personal growth, female empowerment, and building self-confidence through learning and doing.
- Author: Christy Hui
- Reading Level: 8 years old and up
- Page Count: 200