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Willow Run (edition 2007)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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Title:Willow Run
Authors:Patricia Reilly Giff
Info:Yearling (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
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Tags:Young Adult Lit, Audiobook, Historical Fiction, World War II

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Companion book to Lily's Crossing. Warm story of a family on the homefront during WWII / brother missing in action. Excellent reflection on children's thoughts/feelings, and ability to deal with them.
Excellent character-builder.
  kathleenandrews | Dec 12, 2011 |
Meggie Dillon, 11, candidly shares her perspective on the sacrifices and fears experienced on the homefront during World War II. The girl's family moves from Rockaway, NY, to Willow Run, MI, so that her father can work in a plant constructing B-24 bombers. Meggie is a likable, realistic, fleshed-out character, introduced in Lily's Crossing (Delacorte, 1997). In this current offering, she deals with moving away from all that is familiar to her to live in far less comfortable conditions. Her brother, Eddie, is in the army. Her grandfather is a German American, and when older boys paint a swastika on his window, she bravely tries to chase them away. Though she has found her grandpa annoying in many ways, once the Dillons move to Willow Run, Meggie misses him terribly and realizes that despite his many quirks, she loves him dearly. With the news that Eddie is missing after the invasion at Normandy, she springs into action to bolster her family's hope for his safe return. She and her friends become convinced that the ice-cream man must be a spy because he isn't fighting in the army. They use their suspicions to steal from him, an act that leaves Meggie feeling extremely guilty. Giff's engrossing, heartwarming story will help readers understand how personally war affects people.-Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
  AConiff | Jul 19, 2011 |
In the summer of 1944, Meggie and her parents move from their home in New England to Willow Run, Michigan so her father can build planes for the war effort. Throughout the summer – in which she loses her home, friends, and grandfather to moving and her brother to war – Meggie learns about the importance of human connection, compassion, and not jumping to conclusions about people. Patricia Reilly Giff’s writing style accurately reflect the mentality of the time period, Meggie’s internal narrative lacking a great deal of the loquaciousness and angst of more modern narratives. Instead, Meggie’s character is defined by what she does and what she stops herself from thinking. Giff manages despite these self-imposed restrictions to make Meggie a completely sympathetic character. Willow Run provides a realistic glimpse into life in the United States during World War II. Though not particularly gripping, it is a well-constructed and sensitive book, it would hold special significance for collections in the Willow Run area. This would be a good addition for a young adult collection in both public libraries and middle school media centers. ( )
  HilarySI624 | Dec 15, 2010 |
maggie (margret) has a brother, eddie in the war. she misses him and wishes their were know war and eddie could be home. thats when
  hulagirl270 | May 15, 2009 |
Eleven-year-old Meggie Dillon and her family move from New York to Michigan for her father’s job for the war effort during 1944. Meggie’s brother Eddie is fighting in the war, when they leave their Rockaway home to travel to Willow Run. Meggie leaves behind her friends and her grandfather, to whom she is very close. The melancholy mood of the story follows Meggie’s as she transitions to her new life in her cramped apartment with paper thin walls. She befriends the neighbor children, Harlan and Patches who also relocated due to the war. Their parents both work at the factory making B52 bombers on the assembly line. Although they attempt to live normal lives, their minds are never far from the war. Every aspect of their life revolves around thoughts of soldiers, missing loved ones, and war efforts. Staci Snell soft voice complements the mood of the story as she reads the unabridged production. With the heavy content and somber subject of World War II, I would recommend this story for middle school readers. ( )
  kimmclean | Dec 6, 2008 |
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Meggie Dillon's life has been turned upside down by World War II. Meggie's father has announced that they must help the war effort and
move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he'll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan, other kids like her from far-off places whose parents have come here to do their part in the war. And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into battle, like Eddie, and to keep hope alive on the home front.

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During World War II, after moving with her parents to Willow Run, Michigan, when her father gets a job in the B-24 bomber-building factory, eleven-year-old Meggie learns about different kinds of bravery from all of the people around her.

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