Jackie Minniti’s Middle Grade novel, Jacqueline, is FREE today only! Pick up a copy of this true story!
When ten-year-old Jacqueline Falna hears her mother’s scream, she is unaware that the axis of her world is about to tilt. Her father’s plane has been shot down by German fighters. In the midst of poverty, food shortages, air raids, and the grinding hardship of daily life under Nazi rule, she forms an unlikely alliance with David Bergier, a twelve-year-old Jewish neighbor who poses as her cousin after his family is “relocated” by the Nazis. When Rennes is liberated, Jacqueline meets an American soldier and becomes convinced that he has been sent to reunite her with her father.
Based on a true story, “Jacqueline” is a tale of family, faith, unusual friendships, and the resiliency of the human spirit set against the backdrop of occupied Rennes in 1944. With the drama of fiction and the authenticity of personal history, “Jacqueline” is both a story about family and a family’s story.
What others are saying:
“This haunting story of a man’s friendship with a child still lives in the heart of that 98-year-old veteran. It had such a profound influence on his life that he named his daughter Jacqueline—Jackie—and now his daughter shares that beautiful story with the world.”
“Just as, The Diary of Anne Frank, was able to do, Jacqueline will have middle graders, as well as adults, charmed and fascinated by this young girl’s tale of heartache and hope.”
“Readers will soon be calling JACQUELINE one of their favorite books whether or not they are history buffs. Jackie Minniti has created characters that kids will remember and care about long after they’ve finished the last pages of the book. “