A lovely review from our Data Manager here at FUS! – Admin.
This is a quiet, gentle book with some big issues and a complex ending. The book is set in the 1940s. Annabelle lives with her family in rural Pennsylvania. A new girl, Betty, arrives in the area and Annabelle becomes a victim of her bullying. She stands up for herself, but in doing so, she shifts Betty’s focus to Toby, a reclusive war veteran.
The book deals with bullying, the effects of war, and how we see and judge people. In its evocatively-described setting and characters, it is reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird. I enjoyed this very much, and while FUS students may find it a little ‘young’, there are themes and issues here that we can all relate to.