by Tanita S Davis
Octavia and Tali have been forced to go on a summer-long road-trip with their grandmother, Mare. Neither of them wants to go, but as they drive, Mare starts telling fascinating stories about her life growing up Black in the South and how she was a woman soldier during World War II. Boot camp, beauty parlors, bombing, and boys all made up Mare's varied experiences during the war in the United States and in Europe. Interweaving modern events during the roadtrip, postcards home from the teens, and stories of the teen-aged Mare, this is a story about family and relationships as well as a piece of history that few people have heard about.