Life on the Hungarian plains is changing quickly for Jancsi and his cousin Kate. Father has given Jancsi permission to be in charge of his own herd, and Kate has begun to think about going to dances. Jancsi hardly even recognizes Kate when she appears at Peter and Mari’s wedding wearing nearly as many petticoats as the older girls wear.
And Jancsi himself, astride his prized horse, doesn’t seem to Kate to be quite so boyish anymore. Then, when Hungary must send troops to fight in the Great War and Jancsi’s father is called to battle, the two cousins must grow up all the sooner in order to take care of the farm and all the relatives, Russian soldiers, and German war orphans who take refuge there. ---from the publisher
256 pages 978-0140345438 Ages 9-13
Keywords: World War I, Europe, growing up, cousins, farm, responsibility, military, orphans, historical fiction, understanding others, Newbery Honor, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, acceptance, accepting others, diverse books, diversity