Gingersnap

By GIFF, Patricia Reilly

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ISBN
978-0-375-83891-0 978-0-375-93891-7 978-0-307-98029-8
Publisher
Random Wendy Lamb


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2013  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 5–8—Jayna and her older brother have lived together in a rented house ever since Rob was legally old enough to take custody after their parents' death. Both are adept in the kitchen: the 11-year-old specializes in soup; Rob is now a Navy cook preparing to join a destroyer crew in the Pacific. He has arranged for Jayna to live with their landlady, Celine, while he is deployed. Jayna's narration is fresh, honest, and plausible as she describes how she is guided by a voice, perhaps a ghost, but certainly a he...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2013

In 1945 upstate New York, Jayna is distraught when her older brother, Rob, is deployed to Japan. Rob is the only family she has; their parents were killed in a car accident when Jayna was a baby, and now she's in the care of a stern neighbor. Soon after Rob leaves, Jayna starts hearing the voice of a ghost girl -- who points her to a tattered notebook containing handwritten recipes, a photo of a woman standing in front of a bakery, and an address in Brooklyn. After receivi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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