War and Millie McGonigle

by Cushman, Karen,

Format: Print Book 2021
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The Newbery Award-winning author of Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice tells a heartfelt and humorous story of WWII on the homefront.

Millie McGonigle lives in sunny California, where her days are filled with beach and surf. It should be perfect--but times are tough. Hitler is attacking Europe and it looks like the United States may be going to war. Food is rationed and money is tight. And Millie's sickly little sister gets all the attention and couldn't be more of a pain if she tried. It's all Millie can do to stay calm and feel in control.

Still--there's sand beneath her feet. A new neighbor from the city, who has a lot to teach Millie. And surfer boy Rocky to admire--even if she doesn't have the guts to talk to him.

It's a time of sunshine, siblings, and stress. Will Millie be able to find her way in her family, and keep her balance as the the world around her loses its own?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With America on the brink of WWII, 12-year-old Millie is scared, worried, and, above all, gloomy. Her grandmother has given her a diary for recording things that she cares about, but following Gram's death, Millie misinterprets her words, using the book to draw pictures of dead sea creatures at the local beach. She dislikes sharing a bed with her elderly cousin Edna and resents the attention paid to her younger sister and brother. She doesn't want to meet the new girl in the neighborhood. But after Pearl Harbor, Mom learns to weld and works a night-shift job. Millie takes on increased responsibilities at home, caring for her siblings more often and softening her demeanor. Woven into the narrative are many details of life on the home front, from kids collecting cans to adults disrespecting people of German, Italian, and Japanese descent. The thoughts and emotions in Millie's first-person narrative ring true, and the gradual changes in her perspective, brought about by experiences and relationships, are convincing as well. A lively choice for historical fiction fans."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Newbery Medalist Cushman melds historical detail and generous humor in this gently paced novel of family travails and sociopolitical tensions set in 1941 California. With the threat of war looming following the death of her beloved grandmother, 12-year-old Millie is determined to remember the departed, using a journal to record finds at San Diego's Mission Beach: "I had tides to watch and dead things to find." Millie's feelings of anxiety about global events are compounded by her white family's circumstances: food rations and her father's unemployment, her annoying little sister Lily's health, and having to share a bed with her "stink machine" middle-aged cousin, Edna, who used to live with her grandmother. Each chapter begins with a date, building momentum to December 7 and the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that sends both her parents back to work and thrusts more responsibility on Millie. Cushman's relationships prove well grounded, and Millie's first-person voice effectively builds strength as she heals from her grandmother's death and embraces the future. Ages 8--12. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown Literary. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Juvenile fiction.
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
California -- Juvenile fiction.
California -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "This is a Borzoi book"--Title verso
Description 214 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 213).
ISBN 9781984850119
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