Stepping on the Cracks
By Mary Downing HahnReading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: HarperTrophy 2009
In a small southern town in 1944, two girls secretly help a seriously ill army deserter, a decision that changes their perceptions of right and wrong. Issues of moral ambiguity and accepting consequences for actions are thoughtfully considered in this deftly crafted story.