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Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII: 04/15/19

Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII

Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII by Sally Deng is a slim historical fiction about four young women who want to be pilots. WWII gives them each the opportunity to reach their goals.

Rather than follow each woman separately, the book shows the same scene from each point of view through picture and text. There is a Japanese-American woman, an English woman, and a Russian woman.

The scenes are things like, when they first discover they want to be pilots, getting those first lessons, being recruited for the war effort, their dorms, their uniforms, and their post war lives.

It's an interesting book and one of a few recent picture books for middle schoolers I've read. If anything, I wanted more plot. The illustrations are lovely but the book would have done well expanded into a graphic novel, or even a trilogy of graphic novels.

Four stars

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