by Jackie Minniti


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ISBN-13: 9780996329088
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Jacqueline 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ConnieHud More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline captured my interest from the beginning as I also write so that kids will learn a bit of history while enjoying a good story. This book is an excellent story and relays a good deal of information about World War II in Europe. I can see many children enjoying this book on their own, but many, many more enjoying it in a classroom setting.The characters are varied and represent those that would be found in many communities of the times. The story moves at a good pace with a bit of humor now and then. I sincerely hope Ms. Minniti continues to write books with great stories in historical settings. C.M. Huddleston, author of Greg’s First Adventure in Time.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Based on a true story, Jackie Minniti’s Jacqueline chronicles the life of a young girl growing up in Rennes, France during World War II. Ten year old Jacqueline and her mother learn through a letter that her father is presumed dead, or captured, after his plane has been shot down. Clinging to the hope that her beloved father may still be alive, Jacqueline endures the atrocities of war. When her Jewish neighbors are “relocated” to a Nazi concentration camp their young son moves into Jacqueline’s home, posing as her cousin. With scarcely enough food and resources to survive, she maintains her faith despite all odds. Through the eyes of this spirited young girl, readers encounter air-raids, food-shortages, fear and conflict. Author Jackie Minniti has written a highly engaging book which will intrigue young readers. As Jacqueline remakes her mother’s old dress into a “new” outfit, wears outgrown shoes (which are better than no shoes at all), and sneaks around to hear radio programs about the war, readers are introduced, in an age appropriate manner, to the struggles of war. Jacqueline is recommended for home and school libraries and has received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite In Jacqueline, author Jacki Minniti tells a story she grew up hearing about the real life Jacqueline Falna, a young girl in war-torn France following the Nazi invasion of her country. Jacqueline’s father is missing in action and believed to be dead. Struggling with her mother to survive on minimal rations, Jacqueline carries with her the last note her father wrote her. In it, he tells her that he went off to fight so that she might know freedom one day. When Jacqueline and her friend, David, a Jewish boy who lives with his family upstairs, are out one day, the Nazis storm their apartment building and take the remainder of David’s family into custody. Jacqueline and her mother, under the nose of a Nazi sympathizer, alter David’s appearance. Thus, he spends the last of the war under their protection. Later, when the Americans arrive to liberate the French, Jacqueline makes a friend in Bernard, as she is convinced that he can help her to find her father. The truth she eventually discovers, although not what she’d hoped for, comes through Bernard who tells her that if he ever has a daughter one day, he will name her after Jacqueline. (The author is that daughter.) Books about the everyday events of those living in war-torn Europe during the Nazi days can be difficult to read. Still, it is important that those stories are passed down. Jacki Minniti, in Jacqueline, offers middle graders a look into those days. Without getting too dark, she provides a fictional account based on a real-life girl. With her struggles to remain safe, to find enough to eat, to avoid Nazi capture, and to continue to believe, Jacqueline is a role model for young readers as she struggles to remain positive, even while sacrificing for others.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline is based on family history as told to this author by her father--the only one he would relate to anyone about his stint in WWII. Jackie Minniti wrote this for 6th graders and up to give them an idea about what it was like to live in Europe (specifically Paris) during WWII through the eyes of a child. I have to say she deals with the horrors and hardships that were encountered in a delicate and appropriate manner for the age group she is targeting. What it must have been like to one day have a Dad then the next not (only a letter informing you about it)-food scarce, barely enough to survive-to have your neighbors taken away and have to hide their son. How did children deal with all this going on? How were their lives different? And to always be afraid when the bombing went off and you had to run for cover. Then the American's came and sent the Nazi's on the run--and with them came an American who befriends Jacqueline and somewhat brings closure and hopefulness back to Jacqueline's life. He eventually has to leave--but will they meet again? Will he keep his promise and name his first daughter after her? As always I recommend that you read this before your child to make sure it is appropriate for them. I can see no reason why not. Thankfully this generation has never had to experience any of this firsthand----but unless you know what went before--how will you stop it from happening again.