THE SUMMER STORY OF THREE SISTERS, ONE RESTAURANT, AND A (POSSIBLE) GERMAN SPY World War II is coming in Europe. At least that's what Frankie Baum heard on the radio. But from her small town in Maryland, in the wilting summer heat of 1939, the war is a world away. Besides, there are too many other things to think about: first that Frankie's father up and bought a restaurant without telling anyone and now she has to help in the kitchen, peeling potatoes and washing dishes, when she'd rather be racing to Wexler's Five and Dime on her skates. Plus her favorite sister, Joanie Baloney, is away for the summer and hasn't been answering any of Frankie's letters. But when some people in town start accusing her father of being a German spy, suddenly the war arrives at Frankie's feet and she can think of nothing else. Could the rumors be true? Frankie must do some spying of her own to try to figure out her father's secrets and clear his good name. What she discovers about him surprises everyone but is nothing compared to what she discovers about the world. In a heartfelt, charming, and insightful novel that is based on true events, Shawn K. Stout weaves a story about family secrets, intolerance, and coming of age that will keep readers guessing until the end. Praise for A Tiny Piece of Sky : Through warm, funny characters, Shawn Stout builds a riveting bridge from the past that sheds light on today. Wholly memorable.Rita Williams-Garcia, Coretta Scott King Author Award winner for P.S. Be Eleven Shawn Stout's Frankie Baum is that rare creation: a character so real, so true, we don't just feel we know herwe are her. Irrepressible Frankie meets issues like prejudice and loyalty head on, in a story both highly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking. She may be #3 in her family, but she'll be #1 in the hearts of all who read this book.Tricia Springstubb, author of What Happened on Fox Street At turns hilarious, at turns heartbreaking, Shawn Stout's story shows us the damage that a whisper campaign can do to a family and a community, and at the same time shows us, each of us, a way to find our hearts. Frankie Baum is a hero from a distant time and yet a hero for all times, the kind of hero who never gets old. I loved this book from the very beginning to the very end.Kathi Appelt, author of the National Book Award finalist & Newbery Honor book The Underneath "Stout uses an archly chummy direct address at several points, successfully and humorously breaking up tension in this cleareyed look at bad behavior by society....Successfully warmhearted and child-centered." Kirkus Reviews "Through Frankie's thoughtful insights, Stout addresses injustices such as racism and xenophobia without turning didactic...the conclusion is a realistic mix of bittersweet and heartwarming." Publishers Weekly "Fans of Augusta Scattergood's Glory Be as well as those of Jeanne Birdsall's Penderwicks series will enjoy this slice of history. A so
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Portia "Peaches" Jackson can't seem to catch a break. It's hard enough being a woman of plus size stature in a skinny world while trying to prove to the world that you have what it takes to be beautiful, successful, and ambitious. It's no wonder why her heart crumbles after her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Mase comes to an unexpected end. However, like any other strong woman, Peaches has to put her dreadful past behind her; which is exactly what she aims to do when she goes to California to pursue a career in modeling. Some people call California the "land of dreams", but it quickly becomes the substance of nightmares for Peaches. Although she is accompanied by her new love Geremy who is handsome, genuine, and shows her that good men do still exist; something still is not right. Things are quickly turning out for the worse as drama continues to plague her and unravel the seams of her life that she had so carefully woven back together. Once getting her feet wet in the industry she finds out that her new life holds more secrets than the one she left behind. Peaches is determined to be successful and laugh in the face of those that doubted her. Will she reach her goals with the man of her dreams by her side, or will forces beyond her control doom her to become just another casualty of a love gone wrong?"
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