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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781466804524272 Pages, Ages 9-11
It's September 1943, and eleven-year-old Ellie McKelvey's older brother, Jimmy, has just been drafted. Jimmy has a joyful heart and a kind word for everyone, and he's the only person who thinks Ellie is smart and funny and as beautiful as Lana Turner, the movie star. Ellie can hardly stand to see him go. With Jimmy gone, Aunt Toots moves into his bedroom, Ellie's mother takes a war job at a factory, and everything in Ellie's life seems upside down. But she figures that the war will be over and Jimmy home by Christmas, so as much as she misses him, she keeps her spirits up. Even as families in the neighborhood begin to receive telegrams informing them that their boys are wounded or worse, Ellie never stops believing in Jimmy.
In her second work of historical fiction, Mary Ann Rodman captures all the authentic details of life on the homefront during World War II, as well as the fierce love a sister has for her beloved big brother.
Jimmy's Stars is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
The two people Ellie McKelvey hated most were Adolf Hitler and Victoria Gandeck. Hitler lived in Germany, but Victoria was just across the alley. And right now, Ellie hated Victoria more.