Format: Paperback, 146 pages
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Historical realistic mystery
What did you like about the book? Though this story begins in 1975 in a French boarding school, the feeling is of a much more distant time. Grace, 12, has been living in the convent with her older sister who had Down Syndrome they are orphans. When her sister dies, Grace must join the girls in the boarding school. She makes a really friend, Fran, and together they find an old diary from WWII hidden amongst the books in the library. It is the story of another girl who lived in the convent all those years ago. As stories from the past twine together with present day stories, much is discovered and revealed as to Grace’s history. The characters are well-developed, especially Grace, and the pace never lets up making this one you would read in a single day if you had the time.
Anything you did not like about the book. One tiny thing: Grace has had her head shaved due to lice and a little later Sister Jovita “gently sweeps hair away from my eyes…”
To whom would you recommend this book? Give this one to kids who like a fast-paced historical mystery that can’t be put down.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 4/21/2019