The premise: On the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Hannah Spooner found a baby on her doorstep and named her Blue. Blue, now ten years old, loves Hannah and their life on their Vermont farm . . . but she can't help wondering about her mother.
What keeps readers reading: Blue's journey. It's not a journey of the physical kind; instead it's a journey in finding family history and finding where she fits. There is richness in this multi-layered story -- it's the story of a girl and where she came from, and it's also the story of a town and where it came from. Also bundled in the layers is the age-old question of "just who counts as family?" and how friendships change as the years go by. Holding all the layers together is Blue and her journey of understanding herself.
What I loved: Oh wow. Dare I say I loved the symbols in this novel? As an English teacher I believe I can and will. :-) There is a quilting symbol and a cat symbol and a cow symbol (among others) -- all woven into the story's very fiber and providing deep undertones. Maybe they'll go unnoticed by middle grade readers (and that's okay), but they are beautiful stitches in this novel's fabric.
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For more middle grade links, see Shannon Messenger's blog.
Happy middle grade reading!