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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Reilly Giff Narrator: Staci Snell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780307280817
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Meggie Dillon’s life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be turned in because he’s German, and people might think he’s a spy. Is it true? Could Grandpa be taken away?

Meggie’s father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he’ll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan, other kids like her whose parents have come here to do their part in the war. And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into battle, like Eddie, and how to keep hope alive on the home front.

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  • Tough and tender, this [book] is an excellent addition to World War II shelves. Booklist, starred

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 2/10/2014

    " This book follows the story of Meggie Dillon, whom readers were first introduced to in Giff's book "Lily's Crossing." While Lily spends World War II in their neighborhood in Rockaway, New York, Meggie moves with her parents to Willow Run, Michigan, where her father has gotten a job at Henry Ford's enormous factory manufacturing planes for the War effort. Meggie's having a hard enough time adjusting to being the only child, as her beloved older brother Edward has joined the army & is stationed overseas. As the family waits to hear of his status following D-Day, Meggie finds unexpected strength through the friends she makes of fellow kids at the factory & the letters she writes to her grandfather, a naturalized German whose accent secretly causes Meggie a great deal of embarrassment & fear. Giff's portrayal of another aspect of life in America on the Home Front is interesting & absorbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/8/2014

    " WW II family moves to Michigan to work in a tank factory. Lightweight story of German-American grandfather kids from the sticks, and a brother who is MIA. Good description of time and character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/7/2014

    " I finished this book on a cliff-hanger and that is SO annoying for me! I loved a lot of things about this book, one of the things I loved was there is a real T.V. that we can watch today and that is bugs bunny. the other thing I loved about this book is the main character that tells the story is a girl me age, so it is easy for me to relate to her. Over all I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 2/7/2014

    " This is another for my kids to read someday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " This book is so lame and almost plotless (new word). The idea of a book about WW2 set in Michigan was the reason I picked it up, but it turned out to be 30 minutes of being bored... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/25/2014

    " Irritating that we never find out what happens to Eddie but I guess that helps make the book feel more real since there were many many families that never found out what happened to a loved one. Overall I thought it was a good book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 1/20/2014

    " Book on CD. Cute story set during World War II from the perspective of a child. Good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/13/2014

    " Young Adult/Middle School novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/14/2013

    " I think this is a great book! I was engaged the entire time! The ending made me cry!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 12/13/2013

    " Thei is a sequel to Lily's Crossing. Meggy, Lily's friend moves with her family to Michigan so her father and mother can work for the WWII effort building airplanes. Meggie misses her grandfather. He comes to them but her brother Eddie is missing in action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah Childress | 12/4/2013

    " It's good so far.Haven't been able to read much.Can't keep my face out of "Jump The Cracks". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/24/2013

    " This book takes place in rural America during WW2. About a girl named Meggie and her family. It ended to quick needed more. But it was a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sella Thorne | 11/21/2013

    " This book is the sequel to Lily's Crossing. It's not as good; there are some parts (esp. in the middle) where it gets a little boring and I sort of lost interest. The end is okay though. If you've read Lily's Crossing and you want to know what happened in Meg's side of view, then read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 10/24/2013

    " This was an o.k. book. it was boring at some parts but some of them were interesting and suspenceful. I liked the characters but I did not like the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 10/3/2013

    " I'm pretty convinced that Giff is a master character writer when it comes to young children coming to understand their place in the world. A great stand alone companion novel to the 1998 Newbery Honor Lily's Crossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 9/10/2013

    " This is a sequal to Lily's Crossing but I didn't like it as well. Though it was interesting to read the story from Meggie's point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/25/2013

    " A neat introduction to life in the US during WWII. Could be a great book to use in conjunction with history/literature and Veterans Day or Memorial Day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miah | 4/24/2012

    " I wouldn't have picked it for book club. My opinon about it is not the best book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Celeste | 10/4/2011

    " This kinda got boring at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabel ♥ | 1/16/2011

    " It was SOOOO good. I absolutely lo-oved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren W. | 12/28/2010

    " I thought this was a good book for the most part. It didn't have me jumping up and down but it wasn't bad. I thought the author could have made it a little more fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/29/2009

    " Very heartwarming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 3/17/2009

    " One of my favorite books!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/7/2008

    " Good............................................ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 2/10/2007

    " Quick WWII chapter book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle | 11/29/2006

    " really easy book to read. it was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. LaPorte | 10/14/2006

    " A companion book to Lily's Crossing. Would be great to read as a pair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 11/13/2005

    " The historical fiction book about Maggie and how her family and Rockaway help the WW II war effort. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Staci Snell has worked in radio and as an elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as an actor. Her television credits include The Shield, The Division, and various commercials. As an audiobook narrator, her numerous titles include Sandra Brown’s Demon Rumm; Ann Rule’s Kiss Me, Kill Me; Sharon Rocha’s For Laci; and Jill Smolinski’s The Next Thing on My List.