Zeke Prochaska Stepping On The Cracks By; Mary Downing Hahn
I rate this novel 4 stars because the novel was bittersweet with Jimmy dying. Then with Stuart and Barbara getting married Stu recovering from a bad beating.One after another bad then good to top all that badness this was during World War Two!
Margaret is 11 years old and her life is pretty miserable with Jimmy being gone. With her parents not laughing and no more home cooked dinners. No more car trips with Jimmy no more of Jimmy's jokes.
The novel I am presenting takes place in College Hill 1944. This happened during world war 2 and stars were hung up on the houses. For people who's family members are fighting in the war.
''STEP ON A CRACK BREAK HITLERS BACK!''
First of all Margaret and Elizabeth found out that Stuart was the crazy man that Gordy had told them about . Also Stuart was Gordy's oldest brother and recently had deserted the Army. So Gordy was hiding him in his hut in the woods but it was so cold that Stuart caught pneumonia. So Margaret and Elizabeth asked Barbara to take Stuart and them to the Dr's office.The Dr. suggested he stay and be treated but Barbara said the could not afford it.
The Dr. wanted Stuart to stay in the hospital but Barbara said countless times that they could not afford it. The Dr kept insisting he stay. So Barbara just walked out of the office with Stuart and the children.
Margaret was sad again because she would never see or hear Jimmy again. She also feared that she would never hear her Daddy laugh again . Then Elizabeth cheered her up and distracted her with Step on a crack , and break Hitlers's back.