This historical fiction book is about Meggie Dillon's life. To help improve the family's income, Meggie's family ups and moves to Willow Run, Michigan, during WWII. Her father has obtained a job working on war planes at night to help the war effort. Because they are moving into a small apartment they have to leave her German grandfather behind in New York. Meggie soon realizes that she misses him but quickly meets other kids in the same circumstance as hers.
Despite the blurbs on the back cover, Bret Anthony Johnston’s debut novel, Remember Me Like This, is not a thriller in the traditional sense. The elements are all here: a kidnapping, a possible murder, a family in turmoil. But to Johnston’s credit, his novel is partly about thwarting expectations—mostly the reader’s, and not always in ways that we’re accustomed to.
Anna, a Gold Ribbon Safety Citizen is prepared for anything except moving from her beloved Colorado home to her father’s small Kansas hometown. Her father, a minister, is called to accept this post until a replacement can be found. Most of Oakwood's townspeople are related but she eventually embraces them and their unique ways. Anna has a bumpy ride from the first but she soon comes to see things differently. This book would be appropriate for ages 8-12.
John Green writes novels for young adults, but you don't have to be young to enjoy them. I'm forty-three, and he's one of my favorite contemporary authors. I became a fan of Green not by reading his books but by watching videos on his amazing YouTube channels CrashCourse, Mental Floss, and Vlogbrothers. I thought I was too sophisticated and mature to read a young-adult novel, but I love Green so much I gave him a shot.