Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women's Army Corps. Now she is driving her granddaughters -- two willful teenagers in their own right -- on a cross-country road trip. The girls are initially skeptical of Mare's flippy wigs and stillettos, but they soon find themselves entranced by the story she has to tell, and readers will be too.
Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces readers to a larger-than-life character and a fascinating chapter in African American history.
"As the miles pass from California across the southern states, the girls become intrigued with memories of Mere's harsh childhood of domestic work and her struggle to protect herself and younger sister from their widowed mother's lecherous boyfriend. Mere's account of her war years is full of historical detail and lively personal anecdotes about the training, treatment, duties, and social life in her African-American regiment of the Women's Army Corps....A steady travelogue, realistic banter, memorable characters, and moments of tension, insight, and understanding make this an appealing selection." -- Gerry Larson, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Author||Tanita S. Davis|
|Publication Date||Jan 25, 2011|
|Publisher||Knopf Books for Young Readers|
|Award Winners||Coretta Scott King Award|