"The letters are personal and immediate, and the story is full of details that evoke the historical period. . . . The simple words grab your heart."
It s a good thing nine-year-old Isabelle is learning to write letters at school, because she has a lot to write to Papa about after he dies. Her sisters have boyfriends, little Ida hardly remembers Papa, and Ian is mad to be left with a house full of females. As for Mama, she s tired with a capital T and what s worse, she s sending Isabelle to live with her aunt and uncle. Now who will stop little Ida from calling Mama s boss "Papa"? Set during World War II, this novel-in-letters follows a young girl learning to cope with the loss of her father with a loyal heart, an independent attitude, and an unforgettable way with words."