Blue Skies

Blue Skies

Book - 2020 | First edition
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France sends the Merci Train to the United States to thank America for helping France during and after WWII, and one of the train stops will be the small town of Gladiola, Texas, where ten-year-old Glory Bea hopes for the greatest miracle--that her missing-in-action father will be on the train.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781534446069
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 22 cm


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May 19, 2020

This is such a slice of life for small-town Texas in the days after WW II. When I finished, "The Yellow Rose of Texas" was on my mind. Glory Bea Bennett is eleven years old and her daddy is MIA after Omaha Beach. Glory Bea is certain that her daddy is just lost, not dead. As the famous Gratitude Train makes its way to her little town of Gladiola, Texas, she is certain her daddy will be the promised surprise guest. Throughout the book, we live life with Glory Bea and her family. They go to church, enjoy sodas at the drugstore, put together a parade for Mercy Train Day, and so much more. It was a refreshing change from modern life to go back to a party line and see Grandma Bennett in all her matchmaking glory. So many passages in the book capture the heart and hope-filled flavor of Texas in that time period. I loved it! And, that cover!

OPL_KrisC Mar 05, 2020

A heart-wrenching historical book for kids about a young girl who is convinced her father is coming home even though he went missing on Omaha Beach. Filled with historical tidbits as well as a bit of humor.


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OPL_KrisC Mar 05, 2020

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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