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)