By Patricia Reilly Giff
(Wendy Lamb Books, Library Binding, 9780385900966, 160pp.)
Publication Date: September 13, 2005
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Meggie Dillon’s life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be turned in because he’s German, and people might think he’s a spy. Is it true? Could Grandpa be taken away?
Meggie’s father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he’ll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan, other kids like her whose parents have come here to do their part in the war. And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into battle, like Eddie, and how to keep hope alive on the home front.
Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Her novels for older readers include The Gift of the Pirate Queen, All the Way Home, Nory Ryan’s Song, and the Newbery Honor Books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods.
“Tough and tender, this [book] is an excellent addition to World War II shelves.”--Booklist, starred