Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Radar Girls” by Sara Ackerman, MIRA, 2021 On Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours
Sara Ackerman, Author of “Radar Girls” has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and memorable novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for this story is set during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and World War Two. The story goes to then past when it pertains to the characters or events. The story takes place on the islands of Hawaii. I love the way the author visually describes, the characters, the events, and the landscape. The author describes her colorful and dramatic characters as courageous, complicated, complex, and determined. There are some characters that are mean spirited and evil. There are betrayals in relationships. There are tragic events that happen in the chaos of war.
This fictional story is inspired by the WARD, Women’s Air Raid Defense where many of the women are responsible plotting and interpreting radar, so that the men can actually fight. Many of these women became sisters and used their intelligence and skills in changing history.
Daisy Wilder takes care of the horses on a wealthy ranch. Daisy is almost a “horse whisperer” and has great results training and taking care of the horses. One day, Daisy takes the owners prized horse out, and there is an attack by the Japanese. The horses runs off, and Daisy is blamed by the owner for its loss. She is fired from her job. As women and young families are encouraged to leave as the Japanese are fighting, Daisy joins the WARD, and learns about radar, and plotting courses to help so that the men can go and fight. Men and women are not treated equally. Daisy does become friends with other women, and they form a bond in protecting their country and each other. There are often blacked out and difficult situations these women are responsible for.
I read this in one sitting, and I highly recommend this thought-provoking and memorable story to other readers.