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"Giff smoothly intertwines threads of loss, displacement, hope, family, and the soothing power of food (especially soup) in a quiet but emotionally charged novel set during WWII. Jayna — nicknamed Gingersnap by her mother, who died in a car accident along with the girl's father — feels understandably alone after her only relative, her older brother Rob, goes missing while serving in the Navy. Inspired by items from her mother's past that she finds, and urged on by the voice of a ghost, Jayna packs up the turtle she's adopted and runs away from upstate New York to Brooklyn. The ghost (who Jayna believes to be her mother) promises to help her find a family, and Giff's deft plotting leads the girl to find just that, in surprising and satisfying ways. The pacing falters occasionally — it takes Jayna a while to share information that she knows links her to the kindly bakery owner who takes her in — but Jayna's yearning to belong and desperate longing for her brother's safe return give this story its soulful core. Ages 9 — 12. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books. Several of her novels for middle-grade readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen; All the Way Home; Water Street; Nory Ryan's Song, a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction; and the Newbery Honor books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily's Crossing was also chosen as a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. Her most recent novels are R My Name Is Rachel, Storyteller, Eleven, and Wild Girl; her books for younger readers in the Zigzag Kids series include Number One Kid, Big Whopper, and Flying Feet. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375838910
Author:
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Subject:
historical fiction;orphans;bakery;wwii;family;soup
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.53 x 6.16 x 0.66 in 0.6 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 160 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780375838910 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Giff smoothly intertwines threads of loss, displacement, hope, family, and the soothing power of food (especially soup) in a quiet but emotionally charged novel set during WWII. Jayna — nicknamed Gingersnap by her mother, who died in a car accident along with the girl's father — feels understandably alone after her only relative, her older brother Rob, goes missing while serving in the Navy. Inspired by items from her mother's past that she finds, and urged on by the voice of a ghost, Jayna packs up the turtle she's adopted and runs away from upstate New York to Brooklyn. The ghost (who Jayna believes to be her mother) promises to help her find a family, and Giff's deft plotting leads the girl to find just that, in surprising and satisfying ways. The pacing falters occasionally — it takes Jayna a while to share information that she knows links her to the kindly bakery owner who takes her in — but Jayna's yearning to belong and desperate longing for her brother's safe return give this story its soulful core. Ages 9 — 12. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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