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Keep Smiling Through

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  15 reviews
For young Kay, growing up in middle class America during World War II is a confusing and sometimes painful experience. Her stepmother, Amazing Grace, is a selfish woman who takes her unhappiness out on those around her. And for a little girl so concerned with pleasing others and doing the honorable thing, life with Amazing Grace is nearly unbearable. But Kay is also a beli...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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Wendy.x
Apr 10, 2011 Wendy.x is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shaya
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, leavin...more
Amyh
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Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 188 pgs

small 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...more
Kasey
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.
Maggie
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.
Susan
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."
Jack Baillot
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.
pati
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
Kelsey Nicholson
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.
Michelle Polk
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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Miriam
Amazing book. It's for those of you who like to read about life for young kids back in the early days.
Jena Minton
A classic Cinderella story without the prince.
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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 lis...more
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