Keep Smiling Through

Keep Smiling Through

by Ann Rinaldi
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Keep Smiling Through by Ann Rinaldi

For young Kay, growing up in middle class America during World War II is a confusing and sometimes painful experience. Her stepmother, Amazing Grace, is a selfish woman who takes her unhappiness out on those around her. And for a little girl so concerned with pleasing others and doing the honorable thing, life with Amazing Grace is nearly unbearable. But Kay is also a believer. She’s determined to “keep smiling through,” as the song says, knowing that one day she will do something extraordinary. “A bittersweet historical novel.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547351506
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/01/1996
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
File size: 462 KB
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. Visit her online at

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Keep Smiling Through 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kay Henning is a little girl growing up in New Jersy during the war. She always depends on her radio heros, but she finds out that doing the right thing is not always the easy thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, about a 10-year old girl named Kay Hennings growing up in the mid-1940s, is a wonderful historical fiction story. Kay has troubles at home, at school, and not to mention what was going on in the war around her. Yet she seems to manage while being the subject of her stepmother, Grace's abuse. She is a selfish woman who thinks little of Kay. She blames her for everything that goes wrong. Kay loses her friend when she moves to New York. Her parting words were, "Keep smiling through, honey." But Kay doesn't think there's any way she can smile through without her best friend. Things don't get any better when she witesses her grandfather being arrested at the local ice-cream shop and the reporters want to interview her to find out what really happened. Grace says that if Kay tells the truth, her grandfather will be looked down upon. But Kay's new friend, Mrs. Leuldoff, says go with what her heart says. Does Kay do the right thing? Or does Grace's opinion get the better of her? All Kay knows is that she has to keep smiling through and hope for the best..
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing. i mean you really got to understand a little girl's point of view on a hard life, in the time of the war. i think that kay was so brave in front of her step mother. a must read, a newyears resalution!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kay is a brave little girl. She handles life as it's thrown at her. It brings to life what people had to deal with at that time. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book.