Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2006 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Joyce Moyer Hostetter
ISBN: 1590783891
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Ann Fay Honeycutt is thirteen years old, living in Hickory North Carolina when her Daddy is conscripted into the Army to go off and fight Hitler. She is in charge of her little sisters, her brother Bobby and the large vegetable garden that helps feed the family. When the polio epidemic strikes, her mother is already overworked. Little Bobby gets sick first, then Ann Fay finds herself on a cot next to a “colored&rdquo girl named Imogene.

In those days, before Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Birmingham March, many accepted segregation between black and white without a wink. In Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was uncovering Nazi death camps. In America, Dr. Jonas Salk was working on a vaccine to prevent polio, by then rampant. Ann Fay’s story quietly plays out against that backdrop.

Review   ©2006 Parents' Choice

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