FLYING FILLIES is an adventure book for children. This historical fiction introduces readers to the female pilots flying for the military in WW2. This signed paperback comes with a bookmark and a sticker, and makes for a great gift for the special young readers in your life.
A historical novel, Flying Fillies centers on a young cowgirl Dawn Springfield, and takes place in Sweetwater, Texas, during WW2. A girl with dreams as big as Texas, Dawn’s encounter with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) gives her something she’s never even dreamed of!
“An engrossing tale of women fighting for a chance to defend their country.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Flying Fillies is a top recommendation for libraries . . . . The engrossing history and psychological pull of the story bring the era and its women to life . . . . Advanced elementary to middle-grade readers receive an enlightening tale of World War II . . .” — Midwest Book Review
“Flying Fillies is inspirational and informative—perfect for fans of historical fiction and horse lovers alike.” — The Children’s Book Review
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.
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 sacrifices 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 personal growth, female empowerment, and building self-confidence through learning and doing. This inspiring story shares positive values such as dreaming big, believing in yourself, and not giving up!