2013 EVVY Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction
The Home-Front Heroes Series - For ages 8 and older
Wave Me Good-bye
Based on a true story . . .
As the only Jewish girl in her New York neighborhood, thirteen-year-old Miriam Liebler has a lot on her mind. World War II is raging, and her brother will soon pack his bags to join the fight. Blackouts and air-raid drills punctuate her daily life. Worse yet, her family has heard nothing from their Jewish relatives in Europe since before the war started, and Miriam fears the worst.
Her friends don’t understand her worries—until she meets Christopher Richards, an orphaned English boy whisked to America to escape the deadly bombings of London. Miriam and Chris exchange candy, comic books, and secrets through the iron bars of the orphanage fence.
When Miriam’s mother takes in a German-Jewish refugee and her daughter, Miriam becomes entangled in the woman’s desperate search to find her family. Will her friendship with Chris survive when trouble brews?
Readers, don’t miss the last few pages to learn more about the real Miriam Liebler.
Meet the Real Miriam Liebler
Wave Me Good-bye left my students hanging on the edge of their desks as we read it aloud at the end of the school day. The relationship between Miriam and Christopher mirrored the boy- girl relationships in their fifth grade world. When Miriam struggled with determining her writing topic for the school contest, we decided to delve into our own Writer’s Notebooks to find an idea that we could develop into a story that might win a contest. Wave Me Good-bye is an engaging book for students and can be used to connect students to writing.
--Robyn Franklin, fifth grade teacher
Wave Me Goodbye is a delightful, honest story of young children caught up in the intricacies of life on the home-front during World War II. The engaging interactions between and among the children and adults in the story are realistic and timely for any era. The historical perspective is enlightening and valuable for all ages.
As a classroom teacher, this is the kind of book I find educates students on so many facets of their lives and learning. For one thing, it encourages them to play an active role in community, state, and country endeavors. Secondly, it helps them understand and appreciate that we all come from diverse cultures and lifestyles but can work together and become friends. Finally, students will learn the impact of war on everyday citizens.
The title "Wave Me Good-bye" works on so many levels...particularly pertaining to the two main characters, but also pertaining to the wider society as there were so many good-byes during WWII. The citizens on the home-front, whether they were adults or children, played a pivotal role in America's success. I so enjoyed this book!
--Loretta Madden, retired teacher and district curriculum coordinator
I finished Wave Me Good-Bye yesterday and I enjoyed every page and all the characters. You merge lots of history into the story and cover many different perspectives.
I felt from the beginning that you had nailed the voice of 13-year-old Miriam. In fact, writing in different styles and voices seems to be a trademark of yours. At no time did I think Miriam knew more than a young girl living in the Bronx should have known, yet her maturity comes through because she alone among her friends is concerned about the war. And your characters grew as the story came to a finish along with the war.
Miriam’s description of how she blended characteristics of friends and suggestions for her award-winning story was excellent. As a writer I appreciated the back story and biographical notes on the real Miriam, Roslyn Arnstein.
In short, Wave Me Good-Bye is a winner. It is an interesting story that teaches history that many young people today need to know and understand.
--Bill Ellis, middle-grade writing instructor
I'm one of the fans who thinks Wave Me Good-Bye is the best story in the series so far! It's uplifting and poignant, and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it very real.
--Pat Stoltey, author of The Prairie Grass Murders