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Stepping on the Cracks
 
 
Author
Mary Downing Hahn.
Publisher Sandpiper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780547076607
Pages/Publication Date 216/1991
Daedalus Item Code 31531
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(Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction) This 1991 novel for readers 10 to 13 is set in World War II–era Maryland. Margaret and Elizabeth, best friends who both have older brothers fighting overseas, support everything about the war: the troops, the reasons for going to war, even the food rations. After all, this is the good war, and the Americans are the good guys. The girls even wage their own little war against class bully Gordy, until they discover a secret about him that makes them question all of their assumptions about a "good war." Also the winner of the Edgar Award, Mary Downing Hahn is renowned for her spine-tingling ghost stories and her historical tales featuring young people of various eras.

"The complex arguments for and against pacifism are woven into this involving story of a girl's experiences on the home front during World War II. Margaret, 11, and her boisterous friend Elizabeth hate the school bully, Gordy. They discover that a man living in the woods whom they had thought of as crazy is actually Gordy's gentle brother, who has deserted a war he feels he cannot morally fight. When Stuart nearly dies of pneumonia, the girls join forces with Gordy to get help and they gain insight into Gordy's difficult life with his alcoholic, abusive father. Well-drawn characters and a satisfying plot keep this from deteriorating into a message novel. The issues raised are presented from diverse points of view, and no easy answers are given.... There is plenty of action and page-turning suspense to please those who want a quick read, but there is much to ponder and reflect on as well."—School Library Journal

 
 
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