Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
There are many things I like about this book. Patricia Reilly Giff is one of my favorite children’s authors. Her books are always a delight. The story takes place during a WWII, my favorite historical fiction time period. It is a quick read and it includes recipes.
Jayna is a strong and likable character. Giff does a good job of giving the reader a clear picture of Jayna even though it’s a short, quick read. However, I did feel as though the “ghost” character was a bit lacking. I wanted to know more about her.
Overall, this is a good read for young readers. I plan to order it for the school library.