by Patricia Reilly Giff
In World War II, Jayna’s older brother Rob, a Navy cook, is announced as missing in action. Jayna leaves their house and travels with her turtle, Theresa, and an unnamed ghost to Brooklyn, New York. Rob believed that their grandmother may live there, and Jayna is yearning to find out in Patricia Reilly Giff’s lighthearted, gracefully written novel. Gingersnap includes 7 delicious soup recipes from its time period. Prices start at $15.99, RandomHouse.com.