Mr. Gorman, the terrific 6th grade teacher at Park City Magnet School, funded books for his class on Donors Choose and used Kiki and Jacques to teach emotional resilience - brilliant!
Kiki And Jacques Named To Bank Street Best Children's Book List!
"[C]harlie uses photographs, letters, journals, scrapbooks, library resources, and a dogged determination to uncover the journey and fate of her lost relative. Ross uses a close third-person narration to follow Charlie's discoveries about her family's separations, losses, and adaptive strategies as well as her own emerging relationship with music...
[T]his is a Holocaust story that conveys some of the trauma of the time period without overwhelming graphic detail. Readers will appreciate putting together the puzzle pieces, which are loosely based on the author's own family story. A highly accessible and endearing historical mystery about a painful period of the past that still resonates in the contemporary landscape." (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)
"As Charlie follows clues found in mementos and memories from her beloved Nana Rose, Lottie's younger sister, she becomes intent on finding Lottie. She researches Ellis Island archives online, tracks down translators of old German and Hungarian, and telephones strangers in other cities. Ross convincingly depicts Charlie's growing passion for -- and persistence in -- her quest, together with her love for music and a blossoming crush on a fellow musician.
Family relationships, as well as issues of aging and Alzheimer's, are drawn with gentleness and compassion. Ross moves the story at a smooth pace as Charlie encounters new obstacles and overcomes them.... This is a tender, hopeful work with just the right level of suspense for younger fans of historical fiction."