The Gramma War
Butcher, Kristin. The Gramma War. Victoria, BC: Orca Books, 2001.
Annie's world is turning upside down. First, she has to give up her room so that her aging grandmother she hardly knows and who is a chronic smoker can move in with the family. Then she has to give up her pet gerbils because her grandmother doesn't like them. Then her favorite teacher becomes ill and she's going to be stuck with a substitute she dislikes for the remainder of the year. The last straw comes when a re-enactment society she'd been looking forward to joining on her twelfth birthday disbands. At her new teacher's suggestion, her parents enroll her as a member of a genealogy society for kids her age. She is surprised to find how much she enjoys it, and she discovers her grandmother has lots of information to offer. She learns a lot about older people as well as about family history in this novel. Recommended for older elementary and lower middle school age children. (3.75 stars)