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by Mary Ann Rodman

Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: Children
Author: Mary Ann Rodman
ISBN: 0374337039
ISBN13: 978-0374337032
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
Pages: 272
Fb2 eBook: 1949 kb
ePub eBook: 1869 kb
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Of particular interest is the book's focus on major adjustments and sacrifices that adults and children made in their daily lives as part of the war effort, even though they were far removed from the actual fighting.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 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. Stdy, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. Connect with the author.

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.

World War, 1939-1945 - Juvenile fiction, Brothers and sisters - Juvenile fiction, Soldiers - Juvenile fiction, Family - Pennsylvania - Juvenile fiction, Schools - Juvenile fiction, Pittsburgh (P. - - History - 20th century - Juvenile fiction.

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. 1. The two people Ellie McKelvey hated most were Adolf Hitler and Victoria Gandeck.

Devastated when Jimmy does not come home, Ellie prays for Jimmy even as neighborhood friends receive fateful . Ellie's intense outpouring of grief is masterfully portrayed, and Rodman's painstaking attention to historical detail creates a vividly realized sense of time and place.

Devastated when Jimmy does not come home, Ellie prays for Jimmy even as neighborhood friends receive fateful telegrams from the military. Refusing to accept the news of Jimmy's death in the D-Day invasion, Ellie faithfully waters the decaying Christmas tree and poignantly pleads with God to make the telegram a mistake. Disbelief turns to anger, and Ellie rips down Jimmy's gold star service flag. Readers will find this emotionally gripping story of love and loss profoundly moving.

Valerie's voice is as sweet as honey. She's the obvious choice to star in the Nativity. But this is Mississippi, 1964, and Valerie is the first black student to attend her school. Alice is torn between standing up for Valerie and being popular with the in-crowd. It takes a tragedy for Alice to find the courage to act. A truly resonant story about racism and doing the right thing, based on the author's own experiences.

It’s September 1943, and eleven-year-old Ellie McKelvey’s older brother, Jimmy, has just been drafted.

Even at school she could not escape the war, with her teacher's bulletin board covered with pictures of former students and family members who had joined the military. Worst of all was the collective shock and grief when the telegram delivery boy brought news about the loss of a loved one.

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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.

Jimmy's Stars is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Comments to eBook Jimmy's Stars
Mr.Death
This book wasn't bad, but it really could have used some editing. I used it as a read-aloud to give my students an idea about life on the Homefront during WWII, and specifically about the economic changes that took place. There were references to rationing and collecting materials to be used by the war plants, and to women joining the workforce, which was nice, but there was also a lot of pop culture references that made it difficult to get through. The narrative was okay, the characters were pretty developed, and the dialogue was believable. I appreciated the honestly with which death, and injury (both psychological and physical) were discussed. If I used this book again I would do some pretty serious editing to keep the story moving along.
Άνουβις
Using vivid sensory descriptions, Mary Ann Rodman illustrates American family life from a child's perspective during World War II. This gentle, nostalgic story explains how Ellie McKelvey's world turns upside down when her beloved brother Jimmy is drafted into the war.

With competence and creativity, Rodman lures the reader into the past, revealing a child's fears from a bygone day.

Rodman skillfully exposes the sacrifices that American families experienced amidst the fear, the angst, and the uncertainty of war life from the home front. Jimmy's Stars is a must-read for today's youth who know little of sacrifice, especially from America's own history.
Malogamand
Ellie McKelvey, a sixth-grader from Pittsburgh, enjoyed baseball, going out to the movies with her brother Jimmy, and hanging out with her friends, but she despised Victoria Gandeck. After all, Victoria called Jimmy a slacker because he had not gone off to fight in the war like Victoria's own four brothers. Ellie knew that Jimmy had a deferment from the service because their family depended on his earnings. However, now that their dad had returned to work, it was only a matter of time before the draft board would call her brother into the service.

Jimmy reported for duty on October 2, 1943. Ellie missed her brother terribly, and she tried to take comfort in his promise to come home for Christmas. All around her, the war effort impacted every part of Ellie's life. Her Aunt Toots moved from West Virginia into their house, into Jimmy's room, so she could get a factory job. Ellie's mother also joined the likes of Rosie the Riveter and found work at a factory, her older sister got a job at the local diner when the owner's daughter joined a volunteer women's division of the navy, and Ellie found herself performing a growing number of household tasks. Daily routines changed as food items became rationed and as materials from children's toys were recycled for wartime production. Even at school she could not escape the war, with her teacher's bulletin board covered with pictures of former students and family members who had joined the military. Worst of all was the collective shock and grief when the telegram delivery boy brought news about the loss of a loved one.

By approaching the difficult theme of war through the eyes of an eleven-year old girl, Mary Ann Rodman makes the story both accessible and spellbinding for middle grade readers. Of particular interest is the book's focus on major adjustments and sacrifices that adults and children made in their daily lives as part of the war effort, even though they were far removed from the actual fighting. Jimmy's Stars also deserves high praise for its unpredictable plot, well-developed characters, and carefully-researched historical backdrop.
DrayLOVE
This is a poignant story about a young girl whose beloved older brother Jimmy is drafted into the army to serve as a medic during WW2. Ellie enjoys a very close relationship with her brother who always calls her, " Movie Star": she meets him at his bus stop after he finishes work every night, they go to the movies together every week and they always pick the Christmas tree together. Ellie knows that other kids have brothers who serve as soldiers but she prays that Jimmy will not be drafted -for a while he isn't since his father broke his leg and Jimmy is the only financial support for the family-but then the official military letter arrives and Jimmy leaves. Ellie's father returns to work, her mother starts a job, and her Aunt Toots joins the family and moves into Jimmy's room. Ellie holds desperately on to Jimmy's promise that he will be home for Christmas. She does not get along with a girl named Victoria who constantly brags about her four brothers who all serve in the military but soon even her best friend Stan often joins Victoria and her group to play war so Ellie feels abandoned. This wrenching story shines: the dialogue is crisp and natural sounding, and the setting rings with authenticity. A retired teacher is drafted back to teach the younger siblings and children of former pupils, neighbors bring food and dispense comfort to bereaved families, Mr. Corsiglia hangs audio speakers outside his grocery store "so he could share his collection of Bing Crosby Christmas songs with the neighborhood. Whether they wanted to share them or not". Ordinary activities go on side by side with descriptions of meat rationing. This is a truly excellent story filled with the robust language and spirit of wartime America that also does not mince words about the family suffering that accompanies the yellow telegrams delivered by the War Department.
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