Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee
by Marissa Moss, illustrated by Carl Angel
Tricycle Press, 2009
Maggie Gee was one of two Chinese-American women to serve as military pilots in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program during World War II.
A little known story, Marissa Moss and Carl Angel bring Maggie Gee’s story to life. While other families in the 1930’s watched baseball games, Maggie’s family watched airplanes take off from the San Francisco airport. Maggie’s dream was to fly, an unheard of feat for a women, not to mention a Chinese-American one. Her hero was Amelia Earhart. Her family teased her, saying she was only telling stories, but when Pearl Harbor was attacked, she quit her studies and joined WASP. When she completed flight school, she send home a post card saying, ‘My story is true.’ The story includes one encounter with another American pilot who did not know her and she was mistaken for an enemy spy!
An inspiring story. An appendix outlines Maggie Gee’s accomplishments, including that she later went on to work as a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Labs.