Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women's Army Corps. Now she is driving her granddaughters—two willful teenagers in their own rite—on a cross-country road trip. The girls are initially skeptical of Mare's flippy wigs and stilletos, but they soon find themselves entranced by the story she has to tell, and readers will be too.
Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces readers to a larger-than-life character and a fascinating chapter in African American history.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2009: "Absolutely essential reading." From the Hardcover edition.
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 25th January 2011
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3