Millie McGonigle lives in sunny California, where her days are filled with beach and surf. It should be perfect — but times are tough. Hitler is attacking Europe and it looks like the United States may be going to war. Food is rationed and money is tight. And Millie's sickly little sister gets all the attention and couldn't be more of a pain if she tried. It's all Millie can do to stay calm and feel in control.
Still — there's sand beneath her feet. A new neighbor from the city, who has a lot to teach Millie. And surfer boy Rocky to admire — even if she doesn't have the guts to talk to him. It's a time of sunshine, siblings, and stress. Will Millie be able to find her way in her family, and keep her balance as the the world around her loses its own? The Newbery Award-winning author of Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice tells a heartfelt and humorous story of WWII on the homefront.
"If the particulars of Millie’s world are unfamiliar, readers will find broader parallels to the present, compellingly conveyed. As war reshapes their lives, some seek scapegoats to blame, but Millie’s Irish American family, with their own experiences of prejudice, rejects the anti-Japanese and anti-immigrant bias taking ugly root around them. Rich, authentic detail brings setting, community, and era to resonant life.... With the future uncertain, Millie discovers precious, hidden beauty lies in once-monotonous daily life." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Apr 6, 2021|
|Publisher||Knopf Books for Young Readers|