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Well, this was going to be a weird year either way. Tired Girl Karen was not heading to SDCC, but Tired Girl Sherri was going…until. It’s been a long pandemic and guess what…it’s not over yet. And now…well…you know how it is. So our apologies that we are not sitting in small press, chatting with you about Doctor Who (OMG! NEW DOCTOR! NEW DOCTOR!), Game of Thrones (AND NEW THAT TOO!), and all our other various nerdy, literary loves. We are sad to not be there, but we know it’s for the best and we know that you know that too. We hope to see you soon and will let you know when we figure out where we will pop-up next, with all kinds of new and exciting stuff to show you (seriously, we have a lot of new, exciting stuff!). Until we meet again, nerds, please stay safe, wear your masks and look out for one another.

Tiredly yours,

The Tired Girl Collective


Posted on: July 24, 2020


  • 79th California Book Awards Young Adult Gold Medal
  • 2010 ALA Best Books for Young People
  • 2010 Amelia Bloomer Project Selection
  • 2009 Washington Post Best Kids’ Books of the Year

Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy’s gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her. When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots—and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won’t accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of “passing,” of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one’s racial heritage, denying one’s family, denying one’s self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.

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