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While watching her grandma cope with the last stages of cancer, 13-year-old Carrie comes to know her better through letters she and her brother wrote to each other during World War II.

While watching her grandmother cope with the last stages of cancer, thirteen-year-old Carrie comes to know her better through letters she and her long-dead brother wrote to each other during World War II.

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Overview

While watching her grandma cope with the last stages of cancer, 13-year-old Carrie comes to know her better through letters she and her brother wrote to each other during World War II.

While watching her grandmother cope with the last stages of cancer, thirteen-year-old Carrie comes to know her better through letters she and her long-dead brother wrote to each other during World War II.

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Gr 6-9-A poignant, contemporary story that has a well-developed plot interspersed with interesting historical information. Carrie, a sensitive 13-year-old, is very close to her grandmother, who is dying of cancer. Caught in the middle between her glamorous older sister, Lisa, and the younger, slimmer Molly, Carrie is often the odd person out. Gram's illness, however, brings the girls closer together, especially as she worsens and they take turns at caregiving. Carrie's discovery of Gram's ``Billy box'' full of letters written during World War II unveils a surprising family secret-Gram had an older brother. After he was killed by friendly fire in the Aleutian Islands, she was so grief-stricken that she never spoke of him. Carrie also finds an unopened letter from a dying soldier to his infant son that was never delivered. After a frustrating search, she and her sisters and cousin locate the now middle-aged man. Murphy has created a thoughtful, tenacious young narrator in this heartfelt novel. The sibling rivalry is well portrayed, as is the stress felt by the entire family in caring for a loved one who is ill.-Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140377446
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Slow start but eventually get good

    When I started reading this book I was kind of bored of it until all of the things about World War 2 and the Billy Box started to come into the story. Also when the sisters started to get along and not fight all the time. In the story some of the characters are Lisa, Molly, Carrie, those girls are sisters, Maddy, Carries friend, mom, dad and gram. Gram is sick will cancer and moves in with her family. While Carrie and Gram were cleaning out the basement, they found a box,Billy Box. It had old paper dolls in it and letters which Carrie wanted her Gram to tell the family about at dinner. I think someone that likes kind of mystery/realistic books would like this book. Also is you like a book with both a sad ending and a happy ending.

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