Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff

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It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret: they may have a grandmother in Brooklyn. Rob found a little blue recipe book with her name and an address for a bakery. When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she's devastated. Along with her turtle Theresa, the recipe book, and an encouraging, ghostly voice as her guide, Jayna sets out for Brooklyn in hopes of finding the family she so desperately needs.
 

About Patricia Reilly Giff

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PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books. Her novels for older readers include the Newbery Honor books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods, and Willow Run, a companion to Lily's Crossing. Her most recent books are the novels R My Name Is Rachel, Storyteller, and Wild Girl, and the Zigzag titles, Number One Kid, Big Whopper, Flying Feet, and Star Time.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Wendy Lamb Books. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jayna’s eight tasty soup recipes befit the circumstances as they unfold: Don’t-Think-About-It Soup, Hope Soup, Waiting Soup and so forth.

Nov 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Gingersnap

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Two books for middle schoolers depict children of World War II.

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The New York Times

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Two books for middle schoolers depict children of World War II.

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Publishers Weekly

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Giff smoothly intertwines threads of loss, displacement, hope, family, and the soothing power of food (especially soup) in a quiet but emotionally charged novel set during WWII.

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Youth Services Book Review

The book is interspersed with recipes of soup which are named according to the emotions she feels in the book.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Gingersnap

Gr 4–8—Set in a town in upstate New York near the end of World War II, Jayna and her brother Rob have just been reunited after years in foster care after their parents' deaths. Now that Rob is of age, he can legally take care of Jayna. Turning 18 has another consequence as well—he has to enlist. ...

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