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Gingersnap ✰ Gingersnap Epub ✶ Author Patricia Reilly Giff – Buyprobolan50.co.uk It s , WW II is raging Jayna s big brother Rob is her only family When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady But right It s , WW II is raging Jayna s big brother Rob is her only family When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret they may have a grandmother in Brooklyn Rob found a little blue recipe book with her name and an address for a bakery When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she s devastated Along with her turtle Theresa, the recipe book, and an encouraging, ghostly voice as her guide, Jayna sets out for Brooklyn in hopes of finding the family she so desperately needs.


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  1. Alex Baugh Alex Baugh says:

    It is 1944 and Jayna s big brother Rob, the only family she has, is a cook in the Navy Jayna and Rob were separated for years, placed in separate foster homes after the automobile deaths of their parents But when Rob turned 18, he got custody of Jayna Only now Rob has received his orders to report to his ship for deployment to the war in the Pacific Rob have made arrangements for Jayna to stay with thier landlady Celine for the time he is away Rob may be a great cook, but Jayna has a way wi It is 1944 and Jayna s big brother Rob, the only family she has, is a cook in the Navy Jayna and Rob were separated for years, placed in separate foster homes after the automobile deaths of their parents But when Rob turned 18, he got custody of Jayna Only now Rob has received his orders to report to his ship for deployment to the war in the Pacific Rob have made arrangements for Jayna to stay with thier landlady Celine for the time he is away Rob may be a great cook, but Jayna has a way with making homemade soup that even he can beat Could this be a family talent The night before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna he found a small blue recipe book with a name and an address in Brooklyn When a dreaded telegram arrives with news that Rob is missing in action, Jayna decides to find the recipe book Inside, there is a picture of a woman standing in from of a shop called Gingersnap, the same name her mother used called her, or so Rob claimed Jayna didn t remember her parents, who were killed in a car accident when she was very young Unhappy at Celine s and feeling very alone in the world, Jayna packs up a few things, including Theresa, the turtle she takes care of, and set off early one morning to find what she hopes might be an unknown grandmother named Elise.Accompanying her on the trip to Brooklyn is a ghostly presence, or at least part of one, who wears Jayna s pink nail polish and can read her thoughts But she wasn t much help when Jayna takes the wrong train and ends up in Coney Island Leaving Theresa and her suitcase on the boardwalk, she goes down to the water s edge And naturally, the suitcase with the recipe book is stolen But Jayna remembers the address and, in distress, take the train to find the store with the name Gingersnap.Yes, it is exactly where it was supposed to be And there is a kindly looking elderly lady behind the counter Mustering up her courage and encouraged by her ghost, Jayna walks into the store and no sooner is she standing in front of the lady when she knocks a wedding cake of the counter.Ready to give up, Jayna runs out the store s back door and hides in the overgrown garden there, falling asleep When she wakes up, she is hungry, miserable and stiff To make matters worse, now Theresa is missing But, seeing Elise in the back of the store making some dinner, Jayna shores up her courage and knocks on the door Will this kind lady be her grandmother At last, a family member and a tie to her unknown parents Maybe, maybe not.You can t go wrong when you pick up a book by Patricia Reilly Giff to read and Gingersnap is not exception The plot may be a little predictable, but the characters are believable and basically kind and caring, which is always nice to see in a novel WWII was a chaotic time and all kinds of things happened that caused children to become orphans, so it was nice to see Jayna s desire and determination to be part of a family I loved reading reading all the little details Giff included in Gingersnap, and especially about my hometown Brooklyn in the war The lackadaisical attitudes about school and Elises s difficulties running a bakery with all the shortages due to rationing are the kinds of real life details that go into making good historical fiction My very favorite part of the book is Jayna s soup recipes that are scattered throughout Depending on what is going on in her life, Jayna prepares soups like Don t Think About it Soup or Feel Better Vegetable Soup And about that ghost when you read Gingersnap I think you will agree that this is not really a true blue ghost story and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for her presence.This is a great book about food, family, hope and courage, and whether you are or are not a Patricia Reilly Giff fan, one you will want to read.This book is recommended for readers age 9 This book was borrowed from the Webster Branch of the NYPL


  2. Joy H. Joy H. says:

    Added 8 14 18 first published January 1st 2013 Read by Olivia CampbellCategory Children s Middle Grade Historical Books Children s Picture Books This was a sweet story to listen to.I would have preferred less recipes but that was part of the story.The narrator was very good.I finished listening on August 14, 2018 Added 8 14 18 first published January 1st 2013 Read by Olivia CampbellCategory Children s Middle Grade Historical Books Children s Picture Books This was a sweet story to listen to.I would have preferred less recipes but that was part of the story.The narrator was very good.I finished listening on August 14, 2018


  3. Rose Rose says:

    Initial reaction Despite this being a very quick read and for a young audience, I had a very difficult time getting into this book Not that I didn t appreciate the characters and the storyline, but it just didn t grab and hold me in several areas of the narrative I d like to exploreof the author s work, considering there were parts of this I did like, but overall, it didn t really leave an impression on me.Full review I feel bad in penning this review because usually I love period ficti Initial reaction Despite this being a very quick read and for a young audience, I had a very difficult time getting into this book Not that I didn t appreciate the characters and the storyline, but it just didn t grab and hold me in several areas of the narrative I d like to exploreof the author s work, considering there were parts of this I did like, but overall, it didn t really leave an impression on me.Full review I feel bad in penning this review because usually I love period fiction, I love YA and MG period fiction as well but I m not sure what to say about my experience reading Gingersnap The concept was great about a young woman living in the 1940s There are two distinct considerations here one that Gingersnap a.k.a Jayna is living with her landlord Celia after Jayna s brother Rob is sent off to war Before he goes, he drops news that they may have a grandmother who s a cook and related to them, giving her a special blue cookbook Jayna later learns that Rob may be MIA and sets off to Brooklyn to find her potential family because she feels like she needs to fill the void left from her brother s absence She s helped along by a ghost who seems to have likenesses to her, but that ghost really didn t do much other than annoy me and could ve been taken out of the story altogether for all the good that it did.The narrative in Gingersnap didn t draw me in from the get go and I had trouble following it, mainly because it felt so detached the whole time It was like it moved from one plot point to the next with very little intimacy, even in such a brief piece It was like a void of sorts Sure the interactions between Jayna and her brother were cute to start, particularly aside from the stern, but well meaning landlord, but I just couldn t find any point of identification with the main character, particularly in the moment when Jayna realizes that her brother s MIA I would ve thought it d be given so muchweight than what it was Even in works that focus mostly on slice of life and periodic elements, usually those have a richness in detail or periodic attention that allows you to immerse in the character s experiences or frame of mind Here it simply felt empty and didn t draw upon enough intimacy to count I was very disappointed.If there were elements that I did like about the book, the attention to cooking and the measure of that were intriguing and well presented, and the ending came across as sweet as well, but for a narrative that felt so sluggish even in its brevity for the majority of the book, I just couldn t love it as much as I wanted to.Overall score 2 5Note I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Random House BFYR


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    This a nice audio book A special salute to the young narrator, Olivia Campbell She did an excellent job.


  5. Paulette Young Paulette Young says:

    I am all for Historical Fiction, even a little helps me understand Great read


  6. Laura Laura says:

    Jayna and her brother Rob have finally created a peaceful life after their parents were killed in a tragic accident When Rob is shipped out on a Navy ship during World War II, a kindly but difficult neighbor takes Jayna in During this time, Jayna cares for a turtle in her pond and seeks help from an evasive but occasionally helpful ghost Based on a family cookbook and a small hint from her brother, Jayna decides to go to Brooklyn to search for a long lost grandmother after she learns that Rob Jayna and her brother Rob have finally created a peaceful life after their parents were killed in a tragic accident When Rob is shipped out on a Navy ship during World War II, a kindly but difficult neighbor takes Jayna in During this time, Jayna cares for a turtle in her pond and seeks help from an evasive but occasionally helpful ghost Based on a family cookbook and a small hint from her brother, Jayna decides to go to Brooklyn to search for a long lost grandmother after she learns that Rob is missing in action Once there, she finds Gingersnaps, the bakery, and convinces Elise to take her in She plays with the neighborhood children, occasionally calling home for updates and caring for her turtle Eventually she confesses to Elise that she believes she is her grandmother Elise is really Madeline and started the bakery with Elise years ago this particular plot point seemed really week and confusing to me why does Madeline use Elise s name Finally, Rob is rescued and returns home, giving thanks to Jayna s ghosts encouragement There were several points that I didn t care for in the story I didn t think that the voice was authentic There was almost no slang in the story and the voice sounded fairly modern to me I initially liked the idea of Jayna s friendly ghost helping her out and supporting her through a tough time but I ultimately found it just a distracting plot point And finally, as I mentioned in my summary, I thought the Elise Madeline name change up was strange and not explained very well Recommended for grades 4 6 This book will particularly appeal to readers interested in cooking and recipes I also think that it will particularly attractive to student who dislike or get bogged down in historical fiction withauthenticity in language


  7. Arlena Arlena says:

    Author Patricia Reilly GiffPublished by Wendy Lamb BooksAge Recommended Children 10 Reviewed By Arlena DeanBook Blog For GMTARating 5Review Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff was a very well written read that will give us some historical history that was going on during WWII Along with this being a family read it does have some ghost issues This author is a wonderful story teller being about to take you so a different time This was during a time in history WWII when a brother Rob af Author Patricia Reilly GiffPublished by Wendy Lamb BooksAge Recommended Children 10 Reviewed By Arlena DeanBook Blog For GMTARating 5Review Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff was a very well written read that will give us some historical history that was going on during WWII Along with this being a family read it does have some ghost issues This author is a wonderful story teller being about to take you so a different time This was during a time in history WWII when a brother Rob after becoming of age, had been taking care of his sister Jayna nicknamed Gingersnap Rob is called to duty and has to leave his dear sister who had once been in foster care, now in the care of a landlady, Celine All was well until a tragedy happens to Rob s vessel sunk in the Battle of Okinawa and once again Jayna is feeling alone Jayna had been told by her brother about a cookbook that had the name and address of a bakery called Gingersnapso what will she do with this information Is her brother alive and will they be united Who is this owner of this bakery What was the ghost all about What s up with the soups Don t Think About it Soup or Feel Better Vegetable Soup This is where I way you must pick up this good read to see what all is going to happen with Jayna All of these questions will be answered from your read The characters were all well developed and interesting Gingersnap was a wonderful read of family, hope, courage and food Would I recommend this read Yes Be ready to enjoy a excellent read


  8. Susan Dunn Susan Dunn says:

    I listened to this one, and I think I might have liked it better if I had just read it I really didn t like the narrator at all They used a young reader, and I think an adult would have gotten the dialog, and especially the accent that one character is supposed to speak with, much better Bummer this sounded really good and I was excited to read it It s 1945 and Jayna is sent to live with their landlady when her brother is sent to war Every since he turned 18, Rob has taken care of Jayna I listened to this one, and I think I might have liked it better if I had just read it I really didn t like the narrator at all They used a young reader, and I think an adult would have gotten the dialog, and especially the accent that one character is supposed to speak with, much better Bummer this sounded really good and I was excited to read it It s 1945 and Jayna is sent to live with their landlady when her brother is sent to war Every since he turned 18, Rob has taken care of Jayna their parents died when she was small and she was raised in foster homes until Rob came for her Before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna that there is a box of their parents things hidden in his closet Just in case he doesn t come back, he wants Jayna to know where they are She can t help herself from snooping, and in the box she finds a recipe book written in French, but with a name and address in Brooklyn Could his person somehow be related to her Jayna decides to find out


  9. Kathy Kathy says:

    Okthis is a children s book and my daughters have advanced beyond this reading levelbut I guess I have not Pictures of Hollis Woods..Lily s CrossingI loved reading these When I read in a book review that Giff had a new book, I had to read it I enjoyed reading Gingersnap It was a good book, but it could have been a great book Basically it is the story of a 10 year old girl who is in search of her grandmother, who may or may not exist Jayna has one cluea little recipe book It i Okthis is a children s book and my daughters have advanced beyond this reading levelbut I guess I have not Pictures of Hollis Woods..Lily s CrossingI loved reading these When I read in a book review that Giff had a new book, I had to read it I enjoyed reading Gingersnap It was a good book, but it could have been a great book Basically it is the story of a 10 year old girl who is in search of her grandmother, who may or may not exist Jayna has one cluea little recipe book It is a similar storyline to Bud, Not Buddy and even to an extent The Secret Life of Bees Giff just did not develop the storyline Conflicts and unknowns were resolved too quickly It was enjoyableand I do realize it is a children s bookbut it could have been so much better withstory development


  10. Anna Anna says:

    I loved this book Patricia Reilly Giff is one of my favorite Children s author It is a great historical fiction read about a girl named Jayna during the second world war All she has left is her brother and he is sent off to fight in the war She is left staying with the land lady Right before her brother leaves he tells her about a box in his closet with a recipe book in it The recipe book has a picture and an address of a person who could be their grandmother Jayna starts seeing a ghost r I loved this book Patricia Reilly Giff is one of my favorite Children s author It is a great historical fiction read about a girl named Jayna during the second world war All she has left is her brother and he is sent off to fight in the war She is left staying with the land lady Right before her brother leaves he tells her about a box in his closet with a recipe book in it The recipe book has a picture and an address of a person who could be their grandmother Jayna starts seeing a ghost right before her brother leaves The ghost helps to guide her as things change in Jayna s life leading her to find outabout herself and her family If you are looking for an excellent World War II historical fiction, you would enjoy this book


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