A Tiny Piece of Sky by Shawn K. Stout
This book is set in the summer of 1939, leading up to the start of World War II in Europe. Ten-year old Frankie Baum is the youngest of three sisters in a small American town. Her middle sister is spending the summer on their aunt’s farm while Frankie is stuck helping her father get his new restaurant ready to open. When Mr. Baum refuses to support the powerful president of the town’s chamber of commerce who is running for mayor, he begins a smear campaign against Mr. Baum, whispering that he is a Nazi sympathizer. When Frankie hears these rumors, she is confused. Her beloved father couldn’t be guilty of wrongdoing, could he? We see the evils of the world, such as discrimination against Germans and the inferior treatment of black citizens of the town, through the eyes of a child, who in the end knows in her heart that her father is a good man. A heart-warming novel with an inspiring message of loyalty and strength in the face of adversity.