Winter Book Reviews


By Patricia Reilly Giff

December 18, 2012

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of pages: 160

What’s the basic story line?

After their parents are killed in a car accident, Jayna and her older brother Rob are each other’s only family. When Rob goes off to serve in the Navy (the story is set during World War II), Jayna stays behind with their landlady in upstate New York. But when Rob is reported missing in action, Jayna decides to go to Brooklyn to look for her long-lost grandmother. Will Jayna’s search lead her to the family she is seeking?

Kid Reporter
Faye Collins

Are the characters believable?

I would say they are pretty realistic. Jayna is a young teen who has the courage to travel by herself to find her grandmother. I would probably just stay home and think about doing something like that rather than actually doing it, so I did question how believable that is. However, my great-great-grandmother traveled from Poland to America by herself at age 16.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would give this book a 9 since the characters are really relatable and seem like people you would want to meet. I have a major interest in fictional books, but not so much in historical fiction. Gingersnap really changed my opinion when it comes to this genre! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get pulled into a story full of suspense, laughter and tears.

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