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A Girl Can Dream by Betty Cavanna

A Girl Can Dream

by Betty Cavanna

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Rette is a high school girl who idolizes her older brother. He was a pilot in the war. She doesn't feel that she quite fits in at school and is jealous of Elsie the popular girl. A new airport opens up and as an incentive to get young people interested in flying the prize is ten hours of flying lessons. Of course the boys assume that a boy will win but Rette ends up winning. Flying lessons improve her disposition and attitude and all is well.

I did not find Rette to be one of Cavanna's best characters and frankly she irritated me a little. However good on her for not making it a huge deal that Rette wants to fly. So the book is quite progressive in that respect. Plus flying as a vehicle for a coming of age story is more original than a boy or a horse.

It is always amusing to read about the past and see how they think the future will be. Flying private planes did not take over from the car as our means of transport in the future. ( )
  matamgirl | Apr 3, 2013 |
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