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Fictionalized history of the Women Airforce Pilots (WASP) of WWII - the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. Still in their teens, these courageous pioneers, heroes in their own right, left their homes to serve their country doing what they loved to do—fly! Their story inspires us all to follow our dreams and find our own place in the world through courage, integrity, and passion. Readers of all ages will love the WASP's story of achievement, ...
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Overview

Fictionalized history of the Women Airforce Pilots (WASP) of WWII - the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. Still in their teens, these courageous pioneers, heroes in their own right, left their homes to serve their country doing what they loved to do—fly! Their story inspires us all to follow our dreams and find our own place in the world through courage, integrity, and passion. Readers of all ages will love the WASP's story of achievement, friendship, and patriotism.
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Gr 8 Up- It's 1944, and 18-year-old Byrd Thompson, an Iowa farm girl, dreams of becoming an Air Force pilot. Her mother and sister are against it because her father died eight years earlier in a small plane crash. Having secretly earned her pilot's license and scraped together some money by giving lessons, Byrd leaves home to join the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX. There she is assigned to Bay 4 with spunky Sadie; Southern-belle Cornelia; Chinese-American Opal; Deirdre (whose brother is a POW); and Jean, who fails the first flight test and is sent home. Learning to fly "the Army way" is not easy, but Byrd is determined, and grouchy Major Pickett is a demanding teacher. More motivation is provided by handsome Lieutenant Andrews and the encouragement of Byrd's friends. The prose is sometimes awkward, and Byrd's reunion with her family is abrupt and anticlimactic, but her story is compelling, and it sheds light on a little-known piece of American history. It should serve as an inspiration to anyone who dreams of doing the unconventional.-Laurie Slagenwhite, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979237126
  • Publisher: Keene Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Hailing from Michigan and Texas, author Julia Moberg attended NYU where she earned both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in dramatic writing. Julia learned of the WASP program, and impressed with the courage and fortitude of these pioneering women, she focused her writing skills on bringing this important part of American history to light. Skies over Sweetwater captures the essence of their lives and brings the story, in a very accessible format, to today’s readers. Julia continues to be amazed that so few people know that women flew for the Air Force during WWII. She hopes that this book might change that, and give the WASP pilots much deserved recognition. Julia currently lives in New York City, where she works as an editor in children’s book publishing.
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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Byrd's father loved flying and spreading the joy of flying. When he died in a flying accident, Byrd's mother refused to talk about airplanes or even let her daughter near one. Byrd disobeyed, and found herself when she flew. Soon she obtained a pilot's license and gave lessons. <BR/><BR/>During WWII, she heard about a special school for women pilots to aid the war effort. She immediately took the entrance exam, never dreaming that she'd be accepted. <BR/><BR/>Byrd leaves small town life and travels across the country by train to attend WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) training school. Here, the girls sleep on cots, share a bathroom with twelve other women, perform calisthenics, and enjoy excellent food during a time where rationing food swept the nation. <BR/><BR/>Then the real day begins when they attend flying lessons with men who want them to fail. <BR/><BR/>Biweekly tests secure a girl's place at the school, and if performances are not acceptable, girls wash out and go home. Byrd and her friends are determined not to let that happen to their squad. For these girls, flying is in their blood, and they feel at home in the air. <BR/><BR/>Julia Moberg writes about a little known fact in American history when the women ruled the skies, testing airplanes for the Air Force, ferrying planes for male pilots, and doing their part for the war effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    RIVITING! AMAZING BOOK!!

    SKIES OVER SWEETWATER is a fast-paced read about a little-known piece of history. I had no idea that women had flown for the USA before reading this. This was a real eye-opener. It is perfect for all ages. I'm giving my copy to my 13 year old to read. This is a good choice especially for kids who need to read a historical novel for school.

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