Stepping on the Cracks

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Clarion Books, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 216 pages
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In 1944, when her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret changes her mind about the school bully, Gordy, after she discovers he is hiding his own brother, a deserter. "There is plenty of action and page-turning suspense (and) much to ponder and reflect on as well." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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Review: Stepping on the Cracks (Gordy Smith #1)

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For a middle grade novel, this has a tremendous amount of complexity and nuance. It explores how WWII affected children on the homefront, and they give some incredible insight that many lose in ... Read full review

Review: Stepping on the Cracks (Gordy Smith #1)

User Review  - Brent Haremza - Goodreads

This books was amazing! I read this book back in 8th grade and loved it. I just recently got the chance to recall this book for a college class i'm in and tell them about it. I just wish Mary Downing Hahn would write the sequel to this. Thank you so much for writing this book. Read full review

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MARY DOWNING HAHN, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place . An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus. Visit her online at

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