From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Piper Lee DeLuna thinks that life with her single mom is just fine. When she was six, her pilot father's plane went down over the Atlantic and he was never found, but she's sure that he'll come back someday. Now her mother is getting remarried, and Piper worries that once Mama gets a new last name, Daddy will never find them. Worse, her stepfather-to-be has a bratty daughter named Ginger, and Piper Lee can't imagine them ever being sisters. She comes up with a plan to stop the wedding-first, she locates Ginger's birth mother, who left years ago, hoping the woman will come back. Next she joins an online group looking for information about her lost father. When her plan actually works-in an almost-dangerous way-Piper Lee doesn't feel the happiness she so expected, and she begins to question herself and her memories. Winget's time period is ambiguous, but the gentle story is compelling, and Piper Lee is an instantly likable, flawed character with a good heart. Hand this one to kids who want realistic fiction with just a dash of excitement.-Jamie Kallio, Orland Park Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna loves planes, which is no surprise given that her daddy was a pilot and named her after his aircraft. But four years prior, his plane disappeared over the ocean, and now her mama is getting remarried to a man with a 10-year-old of his own. Piper still holds out a smidgen of hope that her daddy is just missing and not dead (“sometimes miracles happen”), and so she launches into efforts to keep mama and Ben from walking down the aisle. Winget’s debut touches on themes familiar to middle-grade lit—from the fact that Piper blames herself for her daddy’s disappearance to her reluctance to give up the dream of his return to her difficulties envisioning a new future. This sweet story has an old-fashioned feel, and while it mostly grazes the surface of issues, and the ending feels somewhat contrived, it may speak to all those children out there hoping against hope that, somehow, mom and dad will find their way back to each other. Grades 4-6. --Ann Kelley