By Patricia Reilly Giff
Lamb Books, 2013.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reading new books, listening to older ones—then I went to book warehouse and bought a used copy to add to our library! I love Patricia Reilly Giff books—they are good wholesome stories perfect for 5th and 6th graders (and me too)!
Set during the height of World War II, in 1945 in Upstate New York Rob is preparing to join the war effort in the Pacific. Rob has mixed emotions about heading off to war as he will be leaving his only family member, a younger sister, Jayna. Jayna will have to leave their home and stay with the crabby and mostly disagreeable landlady. As Rob is getting ready to leave he shares with Jayna that perhaps they have a grandmother alive in Brooklyn as he found a recipe book with a woman’s name and the bakery she owns. He says when he comes back they will go and investigate. However, Rob goes missing in action when his ship comes under attack. Jayna is distraught and she sees a spirit that encourages her to head to Brooklyn to see where she fits in. Jayna packs up the recipe book, her turtle Theresa and heads off in quest of family. Join Jayna as she deals with heartbreak and hope in this compelling story of family and friendship.