All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she's in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her, until America enters World War II, and the Army forms the WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if she is willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl. She wants to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying one...
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. Two brothers experience the turbulence of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers in this work of fiction. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.
When Suresh and Sandeep run away from home to escape their abusive father, they find themselves homeless in the big city. With the help of other street children, the brothers learn to work as glass collectors, and things begin to look brighter. But when Suresh realises his younger brother isn't coping as well as he thought, he must find a way to save Sandeep and himself from a terrible fate.