A summer story about sisters, spies, and World War II in the USA, for fans of Richard Peck, Bette Greene, and the Penderwicks sisters!
Frankie Baum lives in Maryland, a world away from all the evil that Hitler is enacting in Europe. She's just busy trying to figure out how to escape the curse of having been born the third sister in her family. When her German-born father opens a new restaurant, though, some folks in town refuse to support him, claiming that he's a Nazi spy. Frankie begins to wonder whether maybe they have a point, and decides to solve the mystery herself. As Frankie works in the restaurant kitchen--alongside African-American cooks and under the supervision of a racist manager--she begins to see more clearly what baseless discrimination looks like. And as the restaurant suffers from the allegations against Mr. Baum, Frankie takes it upon herself to save her father's dream.
“Through warm, funny characters, Shawn Stout builds a riveting bridge from the past that sheds light on today. Wholly memorable.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, Coretta Scott King Author Award winner for P.S. Be Eleven