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by Giff, Patricia Reilly.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2013Description: 149 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780375838910 :; 0375838910 :.Subject(s): Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Family life -- New York (State) -- Fiction | Orphans -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction | Cooking -- Fiction | Missing in action -- Fiction | Ghosts -- Fiction | New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / GeneralOnline resources: Cover image Summary: When her brother Rob, a Navy cook, goes missing in action during World War II, Jayna, desperate for family, leaves upstate New York and their cranky landlady, accompanied by a turtle and a ghost, to seek their grandmother, who Rob believes may live in Brooklyn. Includes soup recipes.
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It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret: they may have a grandmother in Brooklyn. Rob found a little blue recipe book with her name and an address for a bakery. When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she's devastated. Along with her turtle Theresa, the recipe book, and an encouraging, ghostly voice as her guide, Jayna sets out for Brooklyn in hopes of finding the family she so desperately needs.

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When her brother Rob, a Navy cook, goes missing in action during World War II, Jayna, desperate for family, leaves upstate New York and their cranky landlady, accompanied by a turtle and a ghost, to seek their grandmother, who Rob believes may live in Brooklyn. Includes soup recipes.

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In 1945 upstate New York, Jayna is distraught when her older brother, Rob, is deployed to Japan. Rob is the only family she has; their parents were killed in a car accident when Jayna was a baby, and now she's in the care of a stern neighbor. Soon after Rob leaves, Jayna starts hearing the voice of a ghost girl -- who points her to a tattered notebook containing handwritten recipes, a photo of a woman standing in front of a bakery, and an address in Brooklyn. After receiving the devastating news that Rob is missing in action, Jayna sets off to locate the woman in the picture, Elise, whom she thinks is her grandmother. Things don't turn out exactly the way Jayna expected, but she finds new friends who come together to act as a strong support system for her. Giff's well-wrought setting depicts the difficulties of home-front life without losing sight of its glimmers of comfort. Food rations notwithstanding, the main characters share talents for baking and cooking, and the warmth of their relationships is rewardingly reflected in sensory descriptions of Rob's thick gravies, Elise's fresh-baked pastries, and Jayna's steaming soups (recipes for "Hope Soup," "Waiting Soup," "Welcome-Home Soup," etc., appear throughout the book). The ghost's presence adds an element of mystery (left unsolved) that leaves room for instances of chance and serendipity to occur in the midst of the story's wartime milieu. elissa gershowitz (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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