This "brilliantly told" (New York Times) Newbery Honor Book gives readers a sense of what it was like to be on the American home front while our soldiers were away fighting in World War II. As in past years, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's summer house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town, and, much worse, Lily's father is going overseas to the war. There's no one Lily's age in Rockaway until the arrival of Albert, a refugee from Hungary with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But soon they form a special friendship. Now Lily and Albert have secrets to share: They both have told lies, and Lily has told one that may cost Albert his life.
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by Patricia Reilly Giff
by Ann Burton
by Ayelet Waldman
by Kat Richardson
by Agnes Martin-Lugand
by Eve Babitz
"In the summer of 1944, Lily and her grandmother are in Rockaway, as they are every year. This year, however, nothing is the same. Just as she feels that nothing will ever be good again, Lily meets Albert, a young refugee from Budapest, whose life has been torn apart by the war, and the two forge a bond. Mia Dillon ably captures the youthful voice of Lily, alternately complaining, longing for her father or indulging the exaggerations formed by her overactive imagination. Dillon also brings Albert to life for young listeners by accurately portraying his lilting accent, punctuated with comical pronunciations of common English words. Occasional musical additions enhance this 1998 Newbery Honor Book--a fine choice for family listening. S.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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