Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Brian Herberger.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Being the new kid in town is a way of life for Bets, but moving to California in 1967 is different. Her father leaves for the war in Vietnam, her history teacher gives an assignment that has the whole school searching for clues, and the town’s most mysterious resident shares a secret with Bets that has been hidden away for decades. When a peaceful protest spins out of control, Bets is forced to reconsider how she feels about the war her father is fighting and her own role in events taking place much closer to home.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA story set in California in 1967.
Bets was an okay character and it was clear how much she loved her father. I also thought that the way they communicated without words at times was a nice touch.
The storyline in this was about Bets’ father having to leave to go to the war in Vietnam, and about Bets’ life while he was gone. We had a reclusive woman known as ‘Miss E.’ who Bets got to know, and an interesting history assignment too, which lead to an eventful anti-war protest. I did like the little mystery surrounding Miss E. and was quiet shocked when her secret was revealed. I also felt Bets’ fear when her father was deployed, and her worries that he might not return home safely.
The ending to this was pretty happy, although it still left us with a little bit of a mystery.
6.5 out of 10