Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff is a bittersweet novel about an orphaned girl in 1940's New York. Jayna's guardian is her big brother but he has to leave to fight in WWII. Jayna is not happy with her living situation while her brother is gone and so she takes some pretty courageous steps to change it. There is a little bit of a paranormal element to the story too, but it only makes the story more interesting for young readers.
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