Title: Lily's Crossing
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Elizabeth Mollahan—the Lily of Lily’s Crossing—lost her mom when she was little. Her father and a grandmother are her only family. Every summer the three of them flee sweaty New York City for a beach house in New York’s Rockaways.
This year though, Lily’s father announces that he’s enlisted in the Army; days later, he is gone. Alone with her grandmother, Lily sees a long lonely summer ahead. And then, Albert appears. A refugee from the Nazis, his family thrown to the winds, young Albert bears a grief and sadness of his own.
It’s a pleasure to read along as Lily and Albert negotiate the pain they feel and the secrets and adventures they share. With subtlety and compassion, this gift of a book reminds us that wars happen to children, too.
[10 and up. Adults should sneak a peek too.]