Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
Readers immediately meet five year old Leticia
“sleeping peacefully in her bed.”
“…All seemed well on this quiet night on December 7,
1941, for an innocent little girl so unaware of the unstoppable events into
which she would soon be plunged, sleeping away the last peaceful seconds of her
The bombings come and the devastation begins.
Skillfully the author has readers’ full interest, propelling them into the hell
this child will experience. As they look
for better conditions for this young girl, knowledge of history will foreshadow
more trouble to come.
Sensory descriptions bring readers to Manila that
horrible day with its aftermath.
Realistic dialogue lets them hear what the child hears as they tap into
her thoughts at the time.
The story plunges readers into the experience,
keeping them involved throughout the following years, until the satisfying
conclusion of this journey from “hell to heaven.”