When ten-year-old Jacqueline Falna hears her mother’s scream, she is unaware that the axis of her world is about to tilt. Her father’s plane has been shot down by German fighters. In the midst of poverty, food shortages, air raids, and the grinding hardship of daily life under Nazi rule, she forms an unlikely alliance with David Bergier, a twelve-year-old Jewish neighbor who poses as her cousin after his family is “relocated” by the Nazis. When Rennes is liberated, Jacqueline meets an American soldier and becomes convinced that he has been sent to reunite her with her father.

Based on a true story, "Jacqueline" is a tale of family, faith, unusual friendships, and the resiliency of the human spirit set against the backdrop of occupied Rennes in 1944. With the drama of fiction and the authenticity of personal history, "Jacqueline" is both a story about family and a family’s story.

Title: Jacqueline
 Jackie Minniti
Middle Grade
246 pages
Release Date:
July 21st, 2015
Anaiah Adventures
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About the Author
Praise for Jacqueline
Jackie Minniti was born and raised in the heart of New Jersey where she spent 25 years as a classroom teacher and was an education writer for the Courier Post. Now Jackie lives on Treasure Island with her husband and two rather noisy macaws, but she frequently travels back to New Jersey to visit her three children and six grandkids.

She is currently a columnist for The Island Reporter in St. Petersburg. Her first novel, Project June Bug, the story of a young teacher’s efforts to help a student with ADHD, won several awards, including Premier Book Awards “Book of the Year.” A number of her stories have been included in Chicken Soup for the Soul collections.
"The very best fiction is usually based on some truth whether it be personal or historical. Author Jackie Minniti combines both in her compelling novel, Jacqueline, a story of a young girl and her family's tragedies and triumphs set to the backdrop of World War II occupied France."

"Readers will soon be calling JACQUELINE one of their favorite books whether or not they are history buffs."

"Jacqueline captured my interest from the beginning..."

​"The book will instill in young readers (and old) a sense of the tragedy and hardship that people endure in war. It also captures the essence of undying love, patriotism, self-sacrifice and the joy of the smallest of blessings."