HOMEFRONT by Doris Gwaltney


Age Range: 10 - 14
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Seventh-grader Margaret Ann lives for the day her big sister Elizabeth leaves for the State Teacher’s College; she shares a bedroom with her iron-fisted Grandmother and longs for a room of her own. Weeks later, however, her aunt and cousin, whom she’s never met, flee the London Blitz and land straight in Elizabeth’s room. Margaret Ann hates her cousin Courtney on sight; Courtney returns the favor. This promising build-up gets lost as Gwaltney chronicles the entire war in all its many ramifications. The two girls are never held accountable for their actions; their enmity ends with a whimper, not a bang, and as a result, their ultimate friendship feels a little forced. Many of the side characters are drawn with greater realism than the narrator. The language and dialogue evoke the setting beautifully, however, and overall this is a fine look at how WWII affected those left at home. (Historical fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-86842-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2006


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