Written by Mary Ann Rodman
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A deeply moving and p;oignant tale of love, loss and sacrifice. Ellie is a teenage girl who learns to keep her spirits up while her brother fights in the Second World War. While everyone else seems to want to glorify the war putting blue stars in their windows for the men who’ve gone to serve and gold ones for those who have been killed, Ellie just wants her brother Jimmy to come home safely. Ellie’s hopes and fears, how she manages school and family and then the arrival of the terrible news she has so long feared is beautifully told. You won’t find a better novel to paint a picture of family life and woes during World War Two.
The inspiration for Jimmy's Stars:
Mary Ann Rodman was inspired to write Jimmy's Stars after reading the letters that her family members wrote to each other during World War 2. her main source, however, was the diary of her uncle, who evolved into the character of 'Jimmy'. This grounding ad Rodman's extensive research gives the book its richly authentic text. You'll find some images from th author's diary below.
Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
Set in Pennsylvania during the Second World War, this book presents a tale of growing up and facing change amid the sacrifices of war.
Below are some extracts from the original diary which formed the basis of Jimmy's Stars
And here is a picture of Uncle Jim himself
About the Author
Interest Age: 10+
Mary Ann Rodman
More books by Mary Ann Rodman
Usborne Publishing Ltd
30th June 2009
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