Lily's Crossing - Newbery Honor Book Author:Patricia Reilly Giff This year, as in other years, Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockaway, in her family's cozy house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, and her family have moved to a wartime factory town, and worse, much worse, Lily's father is on hi... more »s way overseas to the war.
There's no one else Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from Hungary, a boy with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But when they join together to rescue and care for a kitten, they begin a special friendship. For Lily and Albert have their own secrets to share: they both have told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life.« less
I was a little disappointed to find this a rather bland story and one that lacked direction, especially since it was a Newbery Honor. It felt simply like a collage of scenes pasted together of a young motherless American girl's summer during World War II, when her father is called to the war effort and she is left with a grandmother she does not get along with. She befriends her neighbor's nephew, a refugee from Hungary, who is determined to get his young sister back from France where he was forced to leave her behind when she became ill during their escape. While it showed an interesting point of view of the war, both the story and characters lacked substance to me.