Saturday, December 19, 2015

Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

Lizzie and her brother are uprooted and sent away because of the war.  Bombs are dropping, home is unsafe, and it's better that they go stay with another family in a safer place.  Safer maybe but not better if you're the one that has to leave home...

HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you.)  It will be published January 12th.

Living with people you don't know is tough.  Especially when the lady that takes you in is in a deep depression.  Her sister lives next door and makes sure they get fed or it would be worse.  Lizzie just wants to go home badly.  So does her little brother.

When a young gypsy boy is forced to leave his baby sister alone by blackmail from an adult, she wakes up and cries.  Lizzie and her brother hear her, and take her to the adults.  The woman they live with thinks the baby is the one is the one she lost.  Her family and the colonel tell Lizzie to keep quiet about the baby.  When she learns who lost the baby, she tries to get them to listen.  They just tell her that the gypsies have too many children and the woman who lost her baby needs it more.

I really admire Lizzie for being brave enough to work against the adults and get the baby back to her family.  She was taught not to lie and the others weren't respecting that.  She's going to have quite a tale to put in her next letter to her family.  I really enjoyed this read.

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