From the book jacket:
It's 1944 and Meggie Dillon's life has been turned
upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped
off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be
turned in because he's German, and people might think he's a spy. Is it true?
Could Grandpa be taken away?
Meggie's father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to
Willow Run, Michigan, where he'll work nights in a factory building important
war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the
greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan,
other kids like her whose parents have come here to do their part in the war.
And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into
battle, like Eddie, and how to keep hope alive on the home front....
Beyond the Book
As a child, Patricia Reilly Giff's favorite books included Little Women
The Secret Garden
, the Black Stallion
books, the Sue Barton books,
and the Nancy Drew series. She loved reading so much that while growing up, her
sister had to grab books out of her hands to get her to pay attention to her;
later; her three children often found themselves doing the same thing. As a
reading teacher for 20 years, the educational consultant for Dell Yearling and
Young Yearling books, an adviser and instructor to aspiring writers, and the
author of more than 60 books for children, Patricia Reilly Giff has spent her
entire life surrounded by books.
After earning a B.A. degree from Marymount College, she took the advice of the
school's dean and decided to...