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Giff, Patricia Reilly.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 3.2

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Rob and Jayna lost their parents in a car accident with Jayna was just a baby.  She now lives with Rob who is her only family. But the country is at war and Rob is shipped out to Japan leaving Jayna in the care of a neighbor.  Jayna is not happy and longs for the day when Rob will return.  When the news arrives that Rob is missing in action, she runs away in search of a woman in a photograph that is found in an old recipe book.  Will Jayna find the mystery woman?  And just who is this woman?

Booktalk #2

Imagine having lost your parents and being raised by the big brother you adore.  Jayna loves her brother Rob and is adjusting to rationing and the other ways World War II is affecting their lives.  When Rob ships out with the Navy to serve as a cook, Jayna is left to stay with their grumpy landlady Celine.  Shes not happy about the situation and is really worried something will happen to her brother.  Hes all she has left!  Read Gingersnap to find out the rest of the story!  (Prepared by:  Melanie Starks, East Aiken School of the Arts, South Carolina Children's Books Award Nominee, 2016)

SUBJECTS:     Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Families -- New York (State) -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
                        Cooking -- Fiction.
                        Missing in action -- Fiction.
                        Ghosts -- Fiction.
                        New York (State) -- History -- Fiction.
                        Ghost stories.

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