Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bryant is not happy. She's had to leave all her friends behind and move across the country for her dad's job in the military. One hot summer evening during her first week in her new city, she's out killing time at a local garage sale when she spots a little soldier doll amid the junk. She thinks only that it might be a good last-minute birthday gift for her dad, who's about to ship out to Afghanistan. She doesn't realize that it might be a missing (and very valuable) historical artifact. With the help of Evan, the cute guy she's just met at a local used book store, Elizabeth discovers that the doll might be THE soldier doll: the inspiration for a famous World War I poem of the same name. Elizabeth's story is interwoven with the amazing, tumultuous story of the soldier doll itself. Fashioned with love by a father for his only child in England years ago, we follow the doll back to England during World War I, then on to Nazi Germany in the 1930s, a Czech concentration camp during World War II, Vietnam in 1970 and through the aftermath of 9/11.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 142 x 208 x 23mm | 295g
- 01 Mar 2014
- Second Story Press
- Toronto, Canada
world wars, Vietnam, Afghanistan, military families
The captivating story is well-paced and flows naturally from present to past and back again many times over. The transitions serve to both build suspense and engage the reader. Gold has a keen mastery of plotting segues. Shifts from one setting to the next feel entirely appropriate and virtually cinematic. Superb writing and editing combine to create a readily readable, fascinating story. The characters, even those we only meet for a single chapter, are well-developed through the dialogue and action. The reader will feel empathy for the many and varied victims of war encountered through the story's progression...Highly Recommended.-- "CM Magazine"