The Sum­mer We Found the Baby

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September 1, 2019

Set dur­ing World War II, this poignant, briskly paced his­tor­i­cal nov­el relays the events of one extra­or­di­nary sum­mer from three engag­ing points of view.

On the morn­ing of the ded­i­ca­tion of the new chil­dren’s library in Belle Beach, Long Island, eleven-year-old Julie Sweet and her sis­ter Martha find a baby in a bas­ket on the library steps. At the same time, twelve-year-old Bruno Ben-Eli is on his way to the train sta­tion. He is on an impor­tant errand for his broth­er, who is a sol­dier over­seas in World War II. But when Bruno spies Julie head­ing away from the library with a baby in her arms, he has to fol­low her.

The truth is much more com­pli­cat­ed than the chil­dren know in this heart­warm­ing and beau­ti­ful­ly tex­tured fam­i­ly sto­ry by award-win­ning author Amy Hest. Told in three dis­tinct voic­es, each with a dif­fer­ent take on events, the nov­el cap­tures the moments and emo­tions of a life-chang­ing sum­mer — a sum­mer in which a baby gives a fam­i­ly hope and brings a com­mu­ni­ty together.

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