ALA Notable Children’s Book
Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
Maine Student Book Master List
Newbery Honor Book
Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
Named a 1998 Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book.
"Details…are woven with great effect into a realistic story."
–The Horn Book Magazine, starred
"Exceptional characterizations and a robust story line…this has all the ingredients that best reward readers."
–The New York Times Book Review
"With wry comedy and intense feeling…Giff gets across a strong sense of what it was like on the home front during World War II…The friendship story is beautifully drawn."