By Chris Woodworth
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374333065, 176pp.)
Publication Date: February 21, 2006
Georgie Collins knows exactly how to make it through life in
a new town. Before her father left for Vietnam, he gave her
standing orders never to let anyone mess with her, and she
won't. As long as she doesn't allow the enemy to smell her fear,
Georgie will survive seventh grade in Glendale, Indiana, just
fine. But that doesn't mean she'll like it. How could she? Her
school has forced her to participate in a "Good Deeds
Program," so she's stuck visiting old people in a nursing home.
What's more, her classes are filled with "peacenik" kids who
think the war is wrong - including her only friend. At home,
it seems that the kids her mom is babysitting are constantly
whining at her. Worst of all, Georgie's father has been gone a
long time - and even though he promised to send her his love
every night on the moon, sometimes that's not enough.
This story of a feisty girl's fierce devotion to her father is a powerful reflection on the ravages of war.
CHRIS WOODWORTH, of whom The Bulletin of the Center for
Children's Books said, "Fans of Creech and DiCamillo will want
to give Woodworth a try," is the author of one previous novel
for children, When Ratboy Lived Next Door. She lives in
"A touching exploration of an aspect of the Vietnam War not often seen in books for children." --Kirkus Reviews "Readers will appreciate the feistiness of Georgie's character as well as her struggle to make friends and come to peace with the various adults in her life. Recommended for middle school readers." --VOYA "Woodworth's poignant novel will bring real tears to readers' eyes." --Booklist "A heartfelt novel." --School Library Journal "Fast moving." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Woodworth . . . engages the reader with her lucid writing style." --Signal