by Patricia Reilly Giff
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Meggie Dillon has problems.
She just wants to be a regular kid – but this is World
War II. Her older brother Eddie is overseas fighting. Her
grandfather was born in Germany, and while a US citizen
now, has a “suspicious” german accent. And her
father has just got his dream job supervising a plane assembly
line – meaning the family has to move to Michigan,
away from her best friend Lily.
This is a fascinating, unsentimental tale of living in a
time of war from a child’s perspective. While there
are no easy answers given, it is gently written and so should
not overwhelm young readers. Thankfully, the big issues
in Meggie’s life will be foreign to most readers,
however they will be able to relate to more “normal”
issues she faces, such as making new friends, honesty, and
loyalty. They will be fascinated by the details such as
wartime butter, jingles contests, movie news reels, and
My one suggestion would be that the author should add some
historical notes for interested readers, and perhaps a brief
list of some of the less frequent terms (for example, not
all 10 year olds in 2005 would know what a snood is).
While the publisher lists the book as for ages 9 –
12, in my opinion slightly older would be more appropriate.
Christian Content: None – the Dillon family does attend
Parental Heads-Up: None
Expected Publication: 13 September 2005