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Lily's Crossing (Yearling Newbery)by Patricia Reill Giff
Synopses & Reviews
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jeffersons Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Adas twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesnt waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.
"Details...are woven with great effect into a realistic story." The Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review)
"Exceptional characterizations and a robust story line...this has all the ingredients that best reward readers." Publishers Weekly
"Brilliantly told." The New York Times Book Review
"With wry comedy and intense feeling...Giff gets across a strong sense of what it was like on the home front during World War II...The friendship story is beautifully drawn." Booklist
Cold War anxieties play out in a sensitively told story set during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, perfect for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine.
Joanna cant get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it.
But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba—and thats where Sams heading. Suddenly Joannas worries about being home alone, building up the courage to talk to a cute boy, and not being allowed to go to the first boy-girl party in her grade dont seem so important. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise.
The tense timeline of the Cuban missile crisis unfolds alongside a powerful, and ultimately hopeful, story about what it means to grow up in a world full of uncertainty.
As in years past, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town and Lily's father is going overseas to the war. There's no one Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from Hungary with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But soon they form a friendship. They have secrets to share. They both have told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life. An ALA Notable Book and a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book.
About the Author
Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago. Like Joanna in Cold War on Maplewood Street, she enjoyed school, was a voracious reader, and loved dogs and horses. She attended Knox College, where she majored in creative writing and was the editor of the literary magazine. Gayle never outgrew her passion for childrens books, and worked as a childrens and young adult librarian at Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois, for several years, enthusiastically sharing her love of books.
Gayle eventually moved to Wisconsin, but by then she was the mother of three children. She worked in a reference library and as a copyeditor, and she wrote short stories for children that appeared in Cricket, Ladybug, Jack and Jill, and Childrens Digest magazines. Now Gayle writes full-time just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, Don, and their slightly neurotic rescue dog, Fiona. She is living her dream, she says, writing books she hopes will make the same difference in childrens lives as her favorite authors made in hers. Cold War on Maplewood Street is her second novel for young readers.
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