Michael doesn’t like visiting his eccentric aunts, Auntie Pish and Auntie Snowdrop. But Maman says it’s what his father would’ve wanted, so he does it anyway. Michael never knew his father, who died before he was born, in the war. Five years after Auntie Snowdrop dies, he learns a secret about his family, about his grandfather, that his father never lived to hear. Leroy is the grandfather, the one who died in World War I. Leroy was a hero, but he was never awarded a medal because he was black. This story is about getting a medal for Leroy.
Honestly, this book was one of the best I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot of books. It was fascinating, and what’s even more fascinating is this book is based off a true story. The first part was confusing, but the author didn’t continue writing that way, so it wasn’t bad. I liked the situation, and the problem that Michael didn’t know anything about his father or his grandfather at the beginning of the book.
I liked that there’s not one main character, one protagonist, one antagonist, and the reasons for why they did it are so complex. I don’t think the book’s as much about Michael as it is about Leroy, the grandfather.
Review by Allison, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library