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Blue Skies

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  10 reviews
For fans of Louisiana’s Way Home, this heartwarming novel tells the story of ten-year-old Glory Bea as she prepares for a miracle of her very own—her father’s return home.

Glory Bea Bennett knows that miracles happen in Gladiola, Texas, population 3,421. After all, her grandmother—the best matchmaker in the whole county—is responsible for thirty-nine of them.

Now, Glory Bea
Expected publication: March 1st 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Ellie Grace
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soooo sad but soooo gooood
Jenny Claiborne
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

All. The. Feels. What an absolutely precious, heartwrenching story! Beautifully written characters make you feel instantly connected to the story.

Glory Bea has been waiting for her father to return from the war in France for three long years. All of a sudden his friend from the service shows up and everything begins to change...or is Glory Bea just now beginning to understand what others have known all along?
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Glory Bea is sure that the Merci Train is bringing her daddy home from the war-- but her family seems to be moving on. Don't they know he'll be back soon? Randall, daddy's best friend from the front lines, has come to visit, and doesn't seem to be leaving town anytime soon. Meanwhile, Glory Bea is also testing her skills as a matchmaker, like her grandmother is known for, but doesn't seem to have as much luck as she does. Blue Skies is a bittersweet small town story of family and love that goes ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Glory Bea lives in a small town of Gladiola, Texas during WWII. Her father was declared Missing In Action on Omaha Beach, but Glory doesn't believe he is really dead. In fact, when she hears that the Merci Train is coming to her state with a thank you from the people of France, she is sure that her father will be on the train. The train is coming two days after Valentines' Day, which was her parents anniversary, and it's hard to wait that long. There are lots of
Megan Schmelzer
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blue Skies, by Anne Bustard, won my heart within the first few pages. It was just one of those books that you cannot put down.

In the story, Blue Skies, you will meet a spirited 10-year-old named Glory Bea Bennett. Glory Bea lives in a tiny town called Gladiola, Texas, and they are excitedly waiting for the gratitude train from France, and Glory Bea is sure that the Gratitude Train will have the ultimate gift aboard for her.

France is sending a train full of boxes cares to the United States. Each
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
As Glory Bea navigates through the anticipated days of the Merci train she still holds onto the hope of her father returning from WWII. Her father's friend comes for an extended visit and gets too comfortable in Glory Bea's opinion. What is a girl to do? She just wants her dad to return.
This is a sweet book that has some very real themes about war that will always hold true no matter the year. I did find a few things that were not historically correct and that distracted me, (her friend had
Debbie Lesley
I love reading a YA book and find myself making plans as to how I would use this if I was still teaching.

This book takes place in the years following WWII where Glory Bea lives in Texas with her mother and her grandparents. Her father is missing following Omaha Beach, a battle in WWII. Glory Bea is sure her father is still alive. The relationshp the family has is tight and very close....just what you expect for this time period.

Small Town, America---Gilmore Girls type of a town, the kind where
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It reminds me a lot of Patricia MacLachlan in that it has some drama but is still a very gentle story. The writing is good and I enjoyed the sprinkling of French throughout. Even though it takes place after WWII, I think kids today can relate to Glory Bea because many of them were born while America has been at war and continues to be so. I liked the romantic elements as well. The family dynamics were realistic and comforting. I'd hand this to a child who enjoys ...more
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Born and raised in Hawaii, with a few years in California sandwiched in between, Anne Bustard moved to Texas to attend college and stayed. A former elementary school teacher and then bookseller, she co-owned Toad Hall Children's Bookstore in Austin, Texas. Her innovative summer writing program for children earned her the Lucile Micheels Pannell Award.

After selling her interest in the bookstore,
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