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Nothing Else But Miracles

par Kate Albus

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the author of A Place to Hang the Moon comes a hopeful World War II story about three scrappy siblings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
When 12-year-old Dory Byrne??s pop left New York City??s Lower East Side to fight Hitler, he promised her and her brothers that they??d be safe. Like he always said, ??the neighborhood will give you what you need.? 
There??s the lady from the bakery, who saves them leftover crullers. The kind landlord who checks in on them. And every Thursday night, the Byrnes enjoy a free bowl of seafood stew at Mr. Caputo??s restaurant. . . which is where Dory learns about the abandoned hand-pulled elevator that is the only way to get to Caputo??s upper floors. 
But when a new landlord threatens their home in the community that??s raised them and kept them safe, the secret elevator??and the abandoned hotel it leads to??provides just the solution they need.
Based on a very real place in old New York and steeped in the history of World War II, Nothing Else but Miracles is a warm and inviting story of resilience, the tight-knit community of the Lower East Side, and the miracles that await in unexpected places.
Kate Albus is the award-winning author of A Place to Hang the Moon, a JLG Gold Standard Selection, An Indie Pick, An ALSC Notable Children??s Book, A CCBC Choice book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner. Nothing Else But Miracles is rich with details from her grandparents?? stories of Coney Island and the Fulton Fish Market.
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First sentence: If you were looking for Dory Byrne--not that there's any reason you would be--you'd most likely find her at the Castle. Which makes it sound as if this is a story about a princess. It isn't. Castle Clinton, as it was known to most people, wasn't actually a castle at all. It was--or had been--at various points in its history: 1) a fort, 2) a restaurant and opera house, 3) an immigration processing center, 4) an aquarium, 5) a ruin. Which is what it was now. An empty place, half-demolished. Derelict. Dangerous, even. But a place whose remaining ramparts, if you were a slightly underfed girl of twelve who wasn't afraid to climb over a little rubble, provided an excellent view of the Statue of Liberty. So now you know.

Premise/plot: Dory and her family--siblings--are on their own...mostly. Their father is away fighting in the war (World WAR II) and the three siblings are relying heavily on each other AND on their neighbors AND on their community. But a difficult, uncompromising landlord changes their more relaxed approach to surviving. Can Dory brainstorm a way to keep their family together and safe while they wait for news of their father? [And the funds he sends...]

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. It is set in the Lower East Side of New York City during the Second World War. I loved the setting, the story, the characters. ( )
  blbooks | Feb 20, 2024 |
Twelve-year-old Dory confides in "Libby," the Statue of Liberty, while her Pop is away in the war and she is scrabbling together a normal-ish existence with her 17-year-old brother Fish and their younger brother, Pike. When their old, kind landlord dies and is replaced by a kid-hating grump, it's Dory who finds a safe place for them to go: the upstairs floors of Mr. Caputo's seafood restaurant, which used to be an old hotel, and which are accessible only via an old dumbwaiter.

Despite the fact that Fish is nominally in charge, it's Dory who's the problem-solver (and the risk-taker), the brave one who gets them out of scrapes and tells lies when necessary. Their worry about their Pop is constant, but there are light moments throughout too, like a visit to the Empire State Building and one to Coney Island. Other than the new landlord, most neighbors on the Lower East Side are kind, and help the Byrnes out by providing food, newspapers, information, and in one case, impersonation. The Byrnes experience grief by proxy (their friends Vincent and Irene's family gets a dreaded Western Union telegram), but ultimately, their pop comes home.

Equally good as A Place to Hang the Moon (also featuring three children, set during WWII, but a few years earlier, and on the other side of the pond). ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 16, 2023 |
Kate Albus has done it again . . .she's authored another beautiful and moving historical novel full of adventure and heart. In Nothing Else But Miracles, three siblings must fend for themselves in World War II-era New York when their father is sent off to Europe to fight in the war. Dory is a curious and determined girl who finds an abandoned hotel hidden in the upper floors of her family's favorite restaurant. As she and her brothers figure out how to sneak in and squat there for the summer while evading their landlord suspicious of three kids living on their own, they discover the meaning of resilience, loyalty, and love. Not only will readers be transported by the story, but they will also delight in Albus's knowing narrator and rich and witty writing. ( )
  sylliu | Jun 20, 2023 |
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the author of A Place to Hang the Moon comes a hopeful World War II story about three scrappy siblings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
When 12-year-old Dory Byrne??s pop left New York City??s Lower East Side to fight Hitler, he promised her and her brothers that they??d be safe. Like he always said, ??the neighborhood will give you what you need.? 
There??s the lady from the bakery, who saves them leftover crullers. The kind landlord who checks in on them. And every Thursday night, the Byrnes enjoy a free bowl of seafood stew at Mr. Caputo??s restaurant. . . which is where Dory learns about the abandoned hand-pulled elevator that is the only way to get to Caputo??s upper floors. 
But when a new landlord threatens their home in the community that??s raised them and kept them safe, the secret elevator??and the abandoned hotel it leads to??provides just the solution they need.
Based on a very real place in old New York and steeped in the history of World War II, Nothing Else but Miracles is a warm and inviting story of resilience, the tight-knit community of the Lower East Side, and the miracles that await in unexpected places.
Kate Albus is the award-winning author of A Place to Hang the Moon, a JLG Gold Standard Selection, An Indie Pick, An ALSC Notable Children??s Book, A CCBC Choice book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner. Nothing Else But Miracles is rich with details from her grandparents?? stories of Coney Island and the Fulton Fish Market.
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