Books by Jayne Pettit

Released: April 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, this is a fine introduction to the effects of war on ordinary people, often overlooked in books that focus on battles and strategies. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Eight true stories of children during WW II, covering a wide range of experiences, from aiding the French resistance to Japanese internment in Manzanar to life in the concentration camps. Read full book review >
MAYA ANGELOU by Jayne Pettit
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Incredibly, not a word of her poetry or prose appears in this perfunctory rendering. (Biography. 8-11)"
In this dull entry in the Rainbow Biography series, Pettit (A Time to Fight Back, 1996, etc.) sets out to tell the story of a ``remarkable woman who has survived the pain of abandonment, the anguish of child abuse, and the hatred of racial intolerance.'' The abandonment, abuse, and hatred are dutifully chronicled from the time the girl who would become Maya, age three, and her four-year- old brother are shipped off to live in Stamps, Arkansas—Klan country—to her rape in St. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS SAN HO by Jayne Pettit
Released: April 1, 1992

"An earnest but uneven effort to guide readers toward greater sympathy for the challenges new immigrants face. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Vietnamese youth witnesses the horrors of war in his native land, then escapes to a strange, sometimes frightening new country when his mother marries a G.I. The author signals her didactic intent with a preface, going on to tell a simple, theme-dominant story: surviving massacres and attacks, San Ho flees his village, spends three years in Saigon, then joins his mother and stepfather in a Philadelphia suburb, where the pleasures of plenty vie with his sense of dislocation. Read full book review >