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A Tiny Piece of Sky
by Shawn K. Stout


Overview - THE SUMMER STORY OF THREE SISTERS, ONE RESTAURANT, AND A (POSSIBLE) GERMAN SPY
World War II is coming in Europe. At least that s what Frankie Baum heard on the radio. But from her small town in Maryland, in the wilting summer heat of 1939, the war is a world away.
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Overview
THE SUMMER STORY OF THREE SISTERS, ONE RESTAURANT, AND A (POSSIBLE) GERMAN SPY
World War II is coming in Europe. At least that s what Frankie Baum heard on the radio. But from her small town in Maryland, in the wilting summer heat of 1939, the war is a world away.
Besides, there are too many other things to think about: first that Frankie s father up and bought a restaurant without telling anyone and now she has to help in the kitchen, peeling potatoes and washing dishes, when she d rather be racing to Wexler s Five and Dime on her skates. Plus her favorite sister, Joanie Baloney, is away for the summer and hasn t been answering any of Frankie s letters.
But when some people in town start accusing her father of being a German spy, suddenly the war arrives at Frankie s feet and she can think of nothing else.
Could the rumors be true? Frankie must do some spying of her own to try to figure out her father s secrets and clear his good name. What she discovers about him surprises everyone but is nothing compared to what she discovers about the world.
In a heartfelt, charming, and insightful novel that is based on true events, Shawn K. Stout weaves a story about family secrets, intolerance, and coming of age that will keep readers guessing until the end.
Praise for"A Tiny Piece of Sky"
Through warm, funny characters, Shawn Stout builds a riveting bridge from the past that sheds light on today. Wholly memorable. Rita Williams-Garcia, Coretta Scott King Author Award winner for "P.S. Be Eleven"
Shawn Stout's Frankie Baum is that rare creation: a character so real, so true, we don't just feel we know her we are her. Irrepressible Frankie meets issues like prejudice and loyalty head on, in a story both highly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking. She may be #3 in her family, but she'll be #1 in the hearts of all who read this book. Tricia Springstubb, author of"What Happened on Fox Street"
At turns hilarious, at turns heartbreaking, Shawn Stout s story shows us the damage that a whisper campaign can do to a family and a community, and at the same time shows us, each of us, a way to find our hearts. Frankie Baum is a hero from a distant time and yet a hero for all times, the kind of hero who never gets old. I loved this book from the very beginning to the very end. Kathi Appelt, author of the National Book Award finalist & Newbery Honor book "The Underneath"
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""Stout uses an archly chummy direct address at several points, successfully and humorously breaking up tension in this cleareyed look at bad behavior by society....Successfully warmhearted and child-centered." "Kirkus Reviews
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"Through Frankie's thoughtful insights, Stout addresses injustices such as racism and xenophobia without turning didactic...the conclusion is a realistic mix of bittersweet and heartwarming." ""Publishers Weekly"
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"Fans of Augusta Scattergood s "Glory Be" as well as those of Jeanne Birdsall s Penderwicks series will enjoy this slice of history. A solid piece of historical fiction to add to middle grade collections."" School Library Journal
""Tackling race, social justice, and even death, this well-paced novel will find the right audience among readers wanting fairness with their historical fiction."" BCCB
""Young teens will enjoy Frankie s spirit and humor while learning a little bit about people and prejudice along the way."" VOYA
""In this coming-of-age story, Frankie sees people for who they really are, despite skin color or nationality. Readers who enjoy historical fiction will gravitate to this story."" School Library Connection""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399173431
  • ISBN-10: 0399173439
  • Publisher: Philomel Books
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century
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