Davy Bowman’s brother and their dad hung the moon. Dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy’s brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now.
World War II has invaded Davy’s homefront boyhood. There’s an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad’s heart. It’s an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry.
The drastic hardships brought on by the onset of World War II are seen through the perspective of young Davy. His brother has joined the fight to his father’s consternation, his mother is working, food is rationed, and Davy spends his time collecting rubber, metal, even milkweed fluff for the war effort. It is an intense and confusing time, one which may force Davy to grow up in a hurry.
Still, Richard Peck is a master of comedy, and even in this novel of wartime uncertainty, he infuses his tale with humor: oddballs and rascals and boyhood misadventures alongside the poignant moments. This is one of Richard Peck’s very finest novels, a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II homefront and a family’s love.
"Another delicious mixture of humor, warmth and local color." — Publishers Weekly