On the cover: It’s September 1943, and eleven-year-old Ellie McKelvey’s older brother, Jimmy, has just been drafted. Jimmy has a joyful heart and a kind word for everyone, and he’s the only person who thinks Ellie is smart and funny and as beautiful as Lana Turner, the movie star. Ellie can hardly stand to see him go. With Jimmy gone, Aunt Toots moves into his bedroom, Ellie’s mother takes a war job at a factory, and everything in Ellie’s life seems upside down. But she figures that the war will be over and Jimmy home by Christmas, so as much as she misses him, she keeps her spirits up. Even as families in the neighborhood begin to receive telegrams informing them that their boys are wounded or worse, Ellie never stops believing in Jimmy.

In her second work of historical fiction, Mary Ann Rodman captures all the authentic details of life on the homefront during World War II, as well as the fierce love a sister has for her beloved big brother.

My Review: As an adult I enjoyed Jimmy’s Stars. The author successfully brought us back to an important part of American history. Hearing so many stories about this time period from my parents, I felt like she captured what life was like for many families. Ms. Rodman portrayed all aspects of living as a family during World War II – the pride, the fear, the loss, the support of the troops, and the mission. The characters were believable and honest. They could be your neighbors. Ms. Rodman did a great job with very sensitive issues – friendship, jealousy, love, loss and fear. She takes you through a couple of real-life scenarios of what life was probably like for families and processes they would have gone through. I think this book is an important read for today’s young people. It is an engaging way of learning some American history! I look forward to reading more from this author.

Tomorrow, we will have a special interview with Mary Ann!

Visit the other Blogs on tour with Jimmy’s Stars!

01 Charger, A Childhood of Dreams, A Christian Worldview of Fiction, A Mom Speaks, All About Children’s Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, Book Review Maniac, By the Book Reviews, Dolce Bellezza, Fireside Musings, Homeschool Buzz, Looking Glass Reviews, Maggie Reads, Maw Books, Small World Reads, The Friendly Book Nook, The Hidden Side of a Leaf

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5 Responses to “Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman”

  1. Bellezza Says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your interview with Mary Ann tomorrow. I haven’t read a review yet, from those of us on the tour, who haven’t felt that this book was wonderful. Didn’t she do a great job of capturing our emotions as well as the era?

  2. April Says:

    This was such a great book! I look forward to your interview tomorrow!

  3. Holly Says:

    This book looks great. I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Shana Says:

    This sounds SO good! I love books set in this time period and this one sounds like it has a little different twist.

  5. Sally Says:

    I like WWII fiction books.

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