Keep Smiling Through

Keep Smiling Through

Ann Rinaldi / Jan 17, 2020

Keep Smiling Through A ten year old girl growing up during World War II learns the painful lesson that doing what s right is not always easy Includes a reader s guide

  • Title: Keep Smiling Through
  • Author: Ann Rinaldi
  • ISBN: 9780152053994
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • A ten year old girl growing up during World War II learns the painful lesson that doing what s right is not always easy.Includes a reader s guide.

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      • Ann Rinaldi

        Ann Rinaldi b August 27, 1934, in New York City is a young adult fiction author She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father s House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was listed as one the best novels of the preceding twenty five years, and later of the last one hundred years She is the most prolific writer for the Great Episode series, a series of historical fiction novels set during the American Colonial era She also writes for the Dear America series.Rinaldi currently lives in Somerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Ron, whom she married in 1960 Her career, prior to being an author, was a newspaper columnist She continued the column, called The Trentonian, through much of her writing career Her first published novel, Term Paper, was written in 1979 Prior to this, she wrote four unpublished books, which she has called terrible She became a grandmother in 1991.Rinaldi says she got her love of history from her eldest son, who brought her to reenactments She says that she writes young adult books because I like to write them.


    1. I think this book is great because it's talking about a girl called ann ,she survived in World War 2 with her stepmother,father,sister and brother . Her stepmother was German and take over ann's happiness and ruined her life , while ann was at school she met a friend called

    2. I read this book on Independence Day because it was my turn to do the book review and I hadn't read anything new in the past weeks. This book only took me two hours to read at the most, I don't know for certain because I wasn't looking at the clock. I didn't put it down once.Writing: 5/5There is something about Ann Rinaldi's books that make them really good and hard to put down (at least the two I've read so far, but I'm pretty sure the others, at least most of them, are just as good). The writi [...]

    3. Ann's books are always so well written! In a twist from what I'm used to reading by her, this story takes place in a time when she was alive to witness everything happening around her. The little period details made all the difference in this story from an author who still probably did a lot of research before writing the first word. Ann never disappoints!

    4. This is the story of Kay, the younger sister of two older brothers, living on a farm in New Jersey during WW2. She and her brothers are chiefly entertained by radio shows and playing in the countryside, and her brothers save their allowance to purchase radio-show tie-in merchandise they send away for. Kay is too young to receive allowance. Their mother died when Kay was born, and their father married another woman, "Amazing" Grace, so nicknamed by the black housekeeper, Queenie, who has been a s [...]

    5. Kay is in the fifth grade growing up during the years of the second world war. Her stepmother is ultra-nasty, hateful, bitter, and mistreats Kay all the time. Her father doesn't stand up for her at all, and her life overall is pretty rough.This doesn't count the problems she has at school, where her living in the countryside sort of puts her out of the in-city school kids cliques. Nothing she does satisfies her step-mother or almost anyone else, for that matter.Things get more difficult when she [...]

    6. Keep Smiling Through is a lovely book. Just like Ann Rinaldi’s other novels there is a strong female character who speaks about life truths in a very straightforward almost painfully honest way.I really like the theme in this one. You can do the right thing but things can still turn out badly. And I like the title, too.Kay is a girl growing up in World War II. The story starts out when her best friend learns that her brother has been killed and suddenly all the popular girls flock to her, leav [...]

    7. I often find it difficult to review children/young adult literature especially after I spend a significant amount of time reading non-fiction. That being said, this is a good book. I have always enjoyed Ann Rinaldi's works.I found the family situation depressingly sad and heartbreakingly realistic. I kept hoping for some sort of resolution, a sign that the outcome for the family would be much brighter than how it began. Rinaldi skillfully kept that out of the narrative.The "voice" of the child n [...]

    8. gr 5-8 188 pgssmall town in New Jersey 1944/1945. 10 year old Kay never knew her mother since she died when Kay was born. Instead she has only had "Amazing" Grace as a stepmother. No matter how hard she tries, Kay can never seem to please her. When Kay witnesses her grandfather is attacked after being given Nazi propaganda, she is torn. Should she tell the whole truth about the attack?The story includes a lot of information about the daily sacrifices that people made (sugar rationing, limit of 2 [...]

    9. When I was younger I read this book almost every year. I loved the story, though it is more of a depressing tale. But there is something about it, something really life that draws you in. Life isn't always easy, but we cannot give up. And I think that is the lesson most clearly seen here. One pities Kay but admires her. It is a very interesting story.

    10. This one was kind of sad alright, a lot sad. I mean, really depressing. But no tears were shed! It was too short for me to really get into the book and the characters were well, bland. The story itself was great, though. Plus I love a good WWII historical fiction. 3 stars!- Emily @ forthebookish

    11. This was a really great quick read. I felt sorry for the main character though and felt that she didn't get the great ending that she deserved. I love Ann Rinaldi and this was one of the more resent historical books I've read from her. The reason I didn't give it five stars was because I felt there were too many radio references. If you took all those out the book would be 30 pages shorter.

    12. Kay, a 10-year-old girl, is growing up in New Jersey during WWII. Kay's mother died when she was born, and she had a stepmother who is bitter, angry, and hateful. Kay wants to be a hero like the stars of the radio programs her family listens to, but when she has to make a painful decision, she finds that "You can do the right thing but things can still turn out badly."

    13. I love Ann Rinaldi. All her books are just so fantastic. This one really stands out for me because unlike the others there isn't really any romance in it. which isn't good or bad, just different. Also, it was just a great book. Mrs. Rinaldi captures the whole feeling of the time period beautifully.I also really liked the Glen Miller's Orchestra and the Shadow references <3.

    14. This is a nostalgic look at the life of a young girl here in America during the difficult times of WW II. Rich with tender moments and the young girl searching for meaning and value, the story highlights her bravery in the midst of difficult decisions.

    15. It was a amazing book! About a girl growing up during World War 2! And has to survive with her mean stepmother.

    16. My favorite book growing up. I read it over and over again. I even stole a copy from my schools library when I was in middle school, oops, but I just loved it so much.

    17. Ten year old Kay, living with her family in NJ during WWII, makes the painful discovery that doing the right thing is not always easy and often has unexpected consequences

    18. a spunky book with history thrown in. One of the better historical fictions about the home front that we have read. From beginning to end it is a page turner.

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