1998 Newbery Honor
“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. 1998 Newbery Honor Award winner.
208 pages 978-0440414537 Ages 8-12
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
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.---from the publisher