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Stepping on the Cracks

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Stepping on the Cracks

In 1944, when her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret changes her mind about the school bully, Gordy, after she discovers he is hiding his own brother, a deserter.


• Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
• Nebraska Golden Sower Book Award
• South Carolina Children's Book Award
• Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List


✭"The complex arguments for and against pacifism are woven into this involving story of a girl's experiences on the home front during World War II."
School Library Journal, STARRED review

✭"The ever-popular World War II genre gains new depth in Hahn's painfully honest story about a sixth-grade girl in small-town Maryland who must decide whether or not to help a pacifist deserter."
—ALA Booklist, STARRED review

"Suspenseful, carefully wrought, and thought-provoking—a fine achievement."
Kirkus Reviews