Glory Bea Bennett knows that miracles happen in Gladiola, Texas, population 3,421. After all, her grandmother — the best matchmaker in the whole county — is responsible for thirty-nine of them. Now, Glory Bea needs a miracle of her own.
The war ended three years ago, but Glory Bea’s father never returned home from the front in France. Glory Bea understands what Mama and Grams and Grandpa say — that Daddy died a hero on Omaha Beach — yet deep down in her heart, she believes Daddy is still out there. When the Gladiola Gazette reports that one of the boxcars from the Merci Train (the “thank you” train) — a train filled with gifts of gratitude from the people of France — will be stopping in Gladiola, she just knows Daddy will be its surprise cargo.
But miracles, like people, are always changing, until at last they find their way home. For fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Louisiana’s Way Home, this heartwarming novel tells the story of ten-year-old Glory Bea as she prepares for a miracle of her very own.
"Glory Bea’s belief in her father’s return is strengthened when his best friend arrives for a visit and then begins to court her mom. Even as she does whatever she can to thwart their very unwelcome growing relationship, she struggles to serve as matchmaker for her two best friends, ever loyal Ben and shy, slightly hapless Ruby Jane.... A tender story of grief and the gentle comfort of loved ones." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Mar 17, 2020|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|