The Resource Blue skies, Anne Bustard

Blue skies, Anne Bustard

Label
Blue skies
Title
Blue skies
Statement of responsibility
Anne Bustard
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
France sends the Merci Train to the United States to thank America for helping France during and after WWII, and one of the train stops will be the small town of Gladiola, Texas, where ten-year-old Glory Bea hopes for the greatest miracle--that her missing-in-action father will be on the train
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  • Grades 4-7 Though it’s been several years since her father went missing while fighting overseas during WWII, fifth-grader Glory Bea still believes he’ll come home to Gladiola, Texas, where she lives with her mother and grandparents. Then, Randall Horton, who served with her father, unexpectedly visits, which Glory Bea decides means her father’s returning, too. As Gladiola plans for a visit from the “Merci Train”—a French-sponsored thank-you to America for wartime support—Glory Bea tries to deter the developing relationship between her mother and Mr. Horton, while secretly preparing for what she’s sure is her father’s impending arrival. Eventually, Glory Bea must face and accept difficult truths, bringing sorrow but also understanding about compassion and adapting to change. Glory Bea’s first-person narrative, interwoven with historical details, offers an intimate account of grief and longing, tempered somewhat by lighter moments like her attempts to fix up a friend and a neighbor, and by the inclusion of interspersed newspaper gossip columns. Readers will find Glory Bea, and her process of moving forward through loss, sympathetically drawn. An endnote provides background information and a bibliography. -- Shelle Rosenfeld (Reviewed 3/1/2020) (Booklist, vol 116, number 13, p55)
  • Gr 3–6—A post–World War II story about a spirited small-town girl and her pursuit to welcome her father home. Glory Bea believes she is called to be a matchmaker. Grams already has 39 miracle matches to her name, so why shouldn't Glory Bea strive for the same? If things go as planned, the happy-ever-after between her best friend Ruby Jane and neighbor Ben will be miracle number 40. But Glory Bea also has a secret miracle in the works: bringing Daddy home from the front. They say he was lost in action at Omaha Beach, but Glory Bea doesn't believe it. After all, Daddy promised that he would return. When it's announced that the Merci Train—a train filled with gifts from the people of France—will roll through Gladiola, TX, Glory Bea is convinced it's a sign. Now all she must do is prepare for Daddy's homecoming, kindle romance between her two friends, and keep Mama from falling in love again. This is an endearing story that skillfully addresses loss, love, and hope. Weaving together small-town charm and friendly antics, Bustard cleverly integrates a history of the Merci Trains with a young girl's desperate desire to see her father again. Despite the emphasis that three years have passed since the end of the war, readers should watch for a few anachronisms that might challenge the image of the 1940s that most textbooks underscore. VERDICT This snapshot of a unique time in American history will inspire young readers and convince them that dreams are worth fighting for.—Rebecca Redinger, Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago Public Library --Rebecca Redinger (Reviewed 03/01/2020) (School Library Journal, vol 66, issue 3, p102)
  • More than three years after WWII, fifth grader Glory Bea’s father is still MIA. Everyone assumes he’s dead except Glory Bea, who refuses to give up hope of a miracle: “he’s going to find us.” When her father’s soldier buddy Randall Horton comes for a visit, she isn’t pleased with the attention her mother pays him, especially after Randall becomes a permanent resident of their small Texas town. As the adults’ relationship grows romantic, resentful Glory Bea strives to drive Randall away. She eagerly awaits the arrival of the Merci Train, delivering, as thanks for wartime help, boxcars full of gifts from France and, she believes, her father (“Why else would it stop in Gladiola?”). Bustard (Anywhere but Paradise) captures a patriotic spirit in post-WWII America in this novel inspired by the real-life Merci Train. Although the book’s outcome is fairly predictable, it offers well-researched details about the era and themes relatable to a modern audience. A subplot regarding Glory Bea’s playing matchmaker for her two best friends adds humor and interest, highlighting the protagonist’s determined attitude. Ages 8–12. Agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt Agency. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/03/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 5, p)
  • Eleven-year-old Glory Bea believes in miracles. She's convinced that her beloved father, missing in action since D-Day, more than four years ago, is about to return home. Her small Texas town will play host to a Merci Train boxcar filled with gifts from those in France who were grateful for American help in the desperate period immediately after the war. Glory Bea's belief in her father's return is strengthened when his best friend arrives for a visit and then begins to court her mom. Even as she does whatever she can to thwart their very unwelcome growing relationship, she struggles to serve as matchmaker for her two best friends, ever loyal Ben and shy, slightly hapless Ruby Jane. Although her warm, loving grandparents, mother, and both friends support Glory Bea, it pushes credibility that she sustains such an implausible delusion so long after the loss of her father. The depiction of the flavor of a small town is nicely managed, but the only reminder of the Texas setting is the rare insertion of the contraction "Y'all," more jarring in its infrequent occurrences than convincingly evocative of dialect. Even if not fully believable, this effort still provides a heartening, feel-good ending. A tender story of grief and the gentle comfort of loved ones. (Historical fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10849551
Cataloging source
DLC
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1951-
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Bustard, Anne
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.B89
LC item number
Bl 2020
Literary form
fiction
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  • 3
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Families
  • Family life
  • Texas
  • JUVENILE FICTION / General
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Blue skies, Anne Bustard
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1045742817
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9781534446069
Lccn
2019006132
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
156009
System control number
(OCoLC)1045742817
Label
Blue skies, Anne Bustard
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1045742817
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9781534446069
Lccn
2019006132
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
156009
System control number
(OCoLC)1045742817

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