Jamestown's American Portraits: To Touch the Stars

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Overview

Jamestown's American Portraits, an American saga of families and friends, traces the fascinating history of America through many generations and cultures and through the eyes of adolescent girls and boys. Jamestown's American Portraits is a unique, enriching reading program designed to teach reading skills and strategies while exploring exciting historical novels.

In 1943, eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Erickson finds a way to support the war effort and realize her dream of becoming a pilot when she joins the Army's Women's Flying Training Detachment--later known as the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

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In 1976 the Air Force announced that women would be accepted into the military for the first time in United States history. WASPs were deeply upset as their part in World War II had been overlooked. After all, the Women's Airforce Service Pilots delivered 75 percent of the aircraft used during the conflict! Congress did recognize these women and give them the honor they deserved. In 1942, Elizabeth Erickson from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, managed to secure a slot to become a ferry pilot. She loves the program and is a natural at flying. But it is a tough course and it seems that not everyone is enthralled with the idea of women pilots. Mysterious mechanical problems arise, and accidents occur. Elizabeth manages to overcome her fears, through the support of other women in the program and by drawing on her own resourcefulness. Although Elizabeth is a fictional character, several photographs of real women and their planes are included. The story is inspirational and should encourage other young women to follow their dreams. 2000, Jamestown Publishers/NTC, Ages 9 to 14, $5.95. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
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Gr 5-8-In Heaven, the appalling conditions of the New York City sweatshops at the turn of the 20th century and the plight of young immigrant girls come to life as 14-year-old Gina Petrosino struggles with her sense of familial duty and her strong desires to further her education. Gina is an appealing protagonist, frustrated with the limited choices open to her and wanting independence while remaining part of the strict Italian family that she loves. Similarly, in Stars, 18-year-old Liz Erickson struggles for independence and career options in 1942, when women fought the war as well as societal attitudes. Expected to be polite and pretty, Liz prefers to fly airplanes. She is trying to cope with her pilot mother's mysterious death two years earlier, and has recently learned that someone has been sabotaging the Women's Airforce Service Pilots military program. Fascinating facts, exciting descriptions of flying, and a courageous main character contrast sharply with the stilted dialogue that imparts information but sounds nothing like realistic conversation. Despite the Nancy Drew-like prose, the story is compelling. Zeinert includes an excellent historical afterword, complete with photos of the main training facility.-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809205899
  • Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • Publication date: 2/12/2001
  • Series: Jamestown's American Portraits Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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To Touch the Stars
A Story of World War II
When the United States enters World War II, Americans everywhere look for some way to help win the war. In Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 14 year old Jim my Erickson finds a unique way to support the war effort and at the same time help his sister Elizabeth realize her dream—to touch the stars—and solve a family mystery. Based on real events, this book highlights one of the least known and most important home—front activities during the conflict, the Army Air Force ferrying program, which took the lives of 38 young women.
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