Monday, November 17, 2008

Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman

"The two people Ellie McKelvey hated most were Adolf Hitler and Victoria Gandeck."

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Abstract: In 1943, eleven-year-old Ellie is her brother Jimmy's "best girl," and when he leaves Pittsburgh just before Thanksgiving to fight in World War II, he promises he will return, asks her to leave the Christmas tree up until he does, and reminds her to "let the joy out."

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; 257 pages


Mary said...

I was very impressed with the level of descriptive content in this book. Not only was it easy to visualize what was going on, it was common throughout the book to be able to use your other senses to hear and smell the setting through the well-done descriptive passages. The main characters were well-developed; I found myself becoming invested in how Ellie was feeling and coping. While the book takes place during World War II, many parallels with today’s Wars could be discussed, particularly the emotional toll war places on children and families.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not represent the opinion of the Cybils middle grade panel as a whole.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if it is quite cricket for the author to weigh in, but I would like to say how thrilled and honored I am to be on your Mock Newbery list. I have been a fan of your Mock Newbery lists for years...if it's on your list I make a point to read it! And now MY book is on the list. This is the best (early) Christmas present ever!

Mary said...

Aww, you're gonna make us blush! Seriously, though, we love to hear comments from everyone! We know that authors sometimes stop by; we love to read their insights about books.

Jen said...

This is a wonderful addition to that era of historical fiction. I was glad to see Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross' stages of grief handled as well as the historical aspects.