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The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia

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ISBN13: 9780064405775
ISBN10: 006440577x
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Exiled to Siberia

In June 1942, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists — enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia.
For five years, Ester and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.

Synopsis:

The bestselling classic of World War II--now in a digest edition. "Taken prisoner by the Russians in 1941 and shipped by cattle car to a forced labor camp, Esther (Hautzig), her mother, and her grandmother managed to stay together and to keep each other alive through near starvation and arctic winters".--ALA Booklist.

About the Author

Esther Hautzig is the author of many books for children and adults. The Endless Steppe is an autobiographical account of her childhood in Siberia. It was a 1969 National Book Award nominee and an ALA Notable Children's Book of 1968. It also received the 1969 Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the 1971 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Mrs. Hautzig is also the author of Riches, an original Jewish folktale, which was a finalist for the 1993 Jewish Book Award. She lives in New York City.

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wegesenc, March 15, 2008 (view all comments by wegesenc)
I read this book as a child and have read it many times since. The author is a powerful storyteller. I found myself hanging on her descriptions of her childhood as she and her family met with great adversity and struggles. But even through everything they faced there was humor, warmth and love. This is one of my favorite books and I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to enjoy it. Highly recommended.
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kikipotamus, August 27, 2006 (view all comments by kikipotamus)
When I was in 5th grade, I remember library day. I guess I haven't changed much since then. I love to read, but have a very difficult time finding a book I can get into. This one day the librarian saw me staring at the spines, spacing out as usual, lost in daydreams.

"Do you need help finding a book?" she asked. I nodded. She asked me what types of books I enjoyed. I doubt that I mustered much more than a shoulder shrug, trying to hide behind my hair, trying to be invisible. She handed me a hardback copy of The Endless Steppe with a worn, brick-red binding.

I disappeared into the world of 10-year-old Esther, whose family is sent in a cattle car to Siberia. The story is told through the eyes of this child, who doesn't understand why they have to wash their hair in nasty, stagnant water with no shampoo. She whines a lot at first, oblivious of the harsh reality of their situation. She expects her parents to fix it, make things right again.

But slowly she comes to understand just what is their reality. Yet through all the brutality, this family doesn't give up on the power of their love for one another to bring them through this ordeal. Dead or alive, they are sticking together.

I spent hours on the playground turning page after page. I coudn't put it down. After that I always sought out the same nice library lady, saying, "can you find me another book like that one?"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064405775
Subtitle:
Growing Up in Siberia
Author:
Hautzig, Esther
Author:
Hautzig, Esther
Author:
by Esther Hautzig
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - History - General
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
History - Holocaust
Subject:
Siberia
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
CMU-CS-98-172
Publication Date:
19950512
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.66x5.18x.60 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , The bestselling classic of World War II--now in a digest edition. "Taken prisoner by the Russians in 1941 and shipped by cattle car to a forced labor camp, Esther (Hautzig), her mother, and her grandmother managed to stay together and to keep each other alive through near starvation and arctic winters".--ALA Booklist.

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