Reviewed by Olivia on Aug 21, 2013
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"Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them." [Tell Me!]
Book Reviews in Category 'Historical'
by Carol Brendler
Very good but the beginning was a little boring. But I still loved it!
A Faraway Island
by Annika Thor
Two young sisters are sent to live with foster parents in Sweden when the Nazi occupation of Austria makes it unsafe for Jews in Vienna. They arrive at an island off the west coast where they are separated and sent to different families, although still close enough to see each other every day. Eight-year old Nellie moves in with a kind and warm "Auntie", learns Swedish and makes friends quickly. It's tougher for twelve-year old Stephie, whose Auntie is cold and strict, and who is victimized by the class bully. Annika Thor's writing gives a vivid picture of the girls' experience as they wait for their parents to join them and take them to America. This is the first in a series of four books about the Steiner sisters, and was the 2010 recipient of the Batchelder Award for the most outstanding children's book published originally in a language other than English.
Reviewed by BarbaraGordon on May 27, 2010