by Margot P (Mandeville, LA): Eleven year old Beatrix is sent by her parents from WWII London to stay with an American family until the war’s end. Those five years as she goes from child to young adult profoundly shape her life and future relationships. There are many characters in this story and short alternating chapters magically allow the reader to know them intimately. A tough thing for a writer to pull off! I cannot wait for more from Spence-Ash. If you love Maine, this is a particularly great book for you.