“Worth the price to keep you safe,” is what Gran says to Lily. It’s World War II, and everyone is making sacrifices. Lily’s best friend has moved away, and her father has gone off to war. Now, Albert has come from Hungary. Slowly, Lily and Albert build a friendship, based on their fears and their guilt. They both hold secrets inside themselves. Lily tells lies. It’s a childhood of swimming and sneaking into movie theaters and saving kittens. It’s also a childhood of remorse and wishing and hoping everyone you love can be safe. This is such a powerful, wonderful story that will connect with young hearts and young feelings. This book was a 1998 Newbery Honor Award winner. 208 pages Ages 8-12
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