Title: Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee
Author: Marissa Moss
Illustrator: Carl Angel
Publisher: Tricycle Press
Concepts: training, jobs, human resources, public service
Review: As she grew up in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1930s, Maggie Gee frequently heard her mother and grandmother tell stories about their own lives back in China. Maggie enjoyed hearing these stories, but they felt so distant, and she longed to make her own stories about becoming a pilot come true some day. The opportunity came sooner than expected when the United States entered World War II. While Maggie’s mom joined millions of other women who took on factory jobs to help support the war effort, Maggie entered flight school to gain qualification for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Through WASP, Maggie became one of just two Chinese-American women to serve their country during WWII as military pilots.
With its unique content, bold illustrations, and informative author’s note, Sky High makes a valuable contribution to the literature. This interesting book shines the spotlight on a little-known person in U.S. history who sent the powerful message that ethnic minority women could break the race and gender barrier and succeed in occupations traditionally reserved for white men.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children