Jacqueline Kindle Edition
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Books about the everyday events of those living in war-torn Europe during the Nazi days can be difficult to read. Still, it is important that those stories are passed down. Jackie Minniti, in Jacqueline, offers middle graders a look into those days. Without getting too dark, she provides a fictional account based on a real-life girl.With her struggles to remain safe, to find enough to eat, to avoid Nazi capture, and to continue to believe, Jacqueline is a role model for young readers as she struggles to remain positive, even while sacrificing for others. -Readers Favorite
Minniti's story resonates for all children, regardless of nationality, and is especially relevant for youngsters who find themselves in the midst of strife around the world today. It is a gem to read, and the author unequivocally allows the reader to feel the impact of war on young people. I would read it again and recommend it to friends, young and older. -Military Writers Society of America
A namesake with so much meaning and a promise fulfilled is the basis for this touching novel...a timeless tale. - US Review of Books --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B011SCVPJS
- Publisher : Anaiah Press, LLC (July 21, 2015)
- Publication date : July 21, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3429 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 246 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,685 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her father, a combat veteran of the European campaign, befriended a child—a young girl named Jacqueline—in Rennes, France, when it was liberated from the Nazis by allied soldiers. He told the story often, and out of it comes a fascinating fictionalized version—not from the soldier's perspective, but from the point of view of a ten-year-old whose family suffers under Nazi rule. They endure deprivations, air raids and hunger. Jacqueline's father, a pilot, is shot down by the Germans, but they don't know if he's dead or captured. As if life isn't dangerous enough, the child befriends a twelve-year-old Jewish neighbor whose family has been “relocated” by the Nazis. Bombs fall, the Germans retreat, the Americans march in—and there he is, a kind American soldier who Jacqueline thinks has been sent to help her find her father. But is that his mission? Will he disappoint?
This haunting story of a man's friendship with a child still lives in the heart of that 98-year-old veteran. It had such a profound influence on his life that he named his daughter Jacqueline—Jackie—and now his daughter shares that beautiful story with the world.
So, how to assess the work of a mere mortal writer, like Jackie (pretty much every other writer on Earth?) Here’s the only criterion I know: Each evening after dinner, I couldn’t wait to get back to her heartwarming memoir.
In chronicling the lives of a young girl named Jacqueline who lives in Rennes, France, her Jewish friend, David, and her mother, Minniti has reprised the ongoing deprivations, tragic losses, and constant fear endured by residents of a small French town during the Nazi occupation at a level that can be absorbed by middle-school students. Which is not to say there are not passages as insightful as they are eloquent: the taste of a ripe summer peach on the tongue of a child who measures the availability fresh fruit by the year; the stench streaming out of a railcar filled with sick, unwashed prisoners of war; the smile on the wizened face of a stern nun applauding Allied troops roll down the town’s main street.
Although intensely personal to the author, Jackie Minnit’s story about her namesake, Jacqueline, will fill the hearts of readers of all ages, from the first page to the satisfying last.
Though written for middle-graders, the novel is able to reach and inform all generations of the horrors of war as seen through the eyes of a young girl devastated by the news of the loss of her adored father. In the story, we watch fascinated as Jacqueline and her mother overcome starvation, persecution, and the loss of their beloved neighbors who were brutally dispatched to a Nazi concentration camp.
Jacqueline’s story is told in a sincere voice that draws you into the drama and will have you rooting for her prayers to be answered, to make her life back to what it once was before her world turned upside down.
Minniti has used all her skills learned in twenty-five years as an instructor in the New Jersey school system to tackle a complicated and horrific time in history and simplify it for young boys and girls to learn while being entertained.
Just as, The Diary of Anne Frank, was able to do, Jacqueline will have middle graders, as well as adults, charmed and fascinated by this young girl’s tale of heartache and hope.
Readers will soon be calling JACQUELINE one of their favorite books whether or not they are history buffs. Jackie Minniti has created characters that kids will remember and care about long after they've finished the last pages of the book. Who could forget Jacqueline, the girl who refuses to admit that her father may be dead, or David the mischievious Jewish boy wh tries to pass as her cousin, or Jamet the girlfriend of a German soldier,
Clonohche. the one-eyed cat will not soon be forgotten. And there's the grumpy nun, Sister Marie Bernard, Jacqueline and David's school teacher..
All these memorable characters fit into the war-time plot of activities going on in Rennes a small French village occupied by Gernan soldiers .
Young readers will see and feel Jacqueline's galoushes that she wears because she outgrown her Sunday shoes. They'll empathize with her as she stands for hours at the grocery store only to learn that there are no groceries to be had on this day.
There are bright spots, too--the chapel bells ringing in the sunlight, an extra bit of celery for the soup.
Suspense builds on eery page. What has happened to the cat? Will it survive its injuries? Will they make it on their long walk to the next village? Will they be puished for drinking from a stranger's well?
I give JADQUELlINE 5 gold stars. It's a book for children that adults will also enjoy.
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