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Torn from their homeland, two Jewish sisters find refuge in Sweden.

It's the summer of 1939. Two Jewish sisters from Vienna—12-year-old Stephie Steiner and 8-year-old Nellie—are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis. They expect to stay there six months, until their parents can flee to Amsterdam; then all four will go to America. But as the world war intensifies, the girls remain, each with her own host family, on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden.

Nellie quickly settles in to her new surroundings. She’s happy with her foster family and soon favors the Swedish language over her native German. Not so for Stephie, who finds it hard to adapt; she feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who’s as cold and unforgiving as the island itself. Her main worry, though, is her parents—and whether she will ever see them again.

Synopsis:

In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to join them in fleeing the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.

Synopsis:

Sent to live with a foster family on a rugged island in Sweden during the summer of 1939, two Jewish sisters await the arrival of their parents in order to escape to America, but as war rages on and time passes, one sibling settles into her new surroundings while the other begins to fear the worst.

About the Author

Annika Thor’s novel, A Faraway Island, is the first book in a quartet featuring the Steiner sisters. The books were bestsellers in Sweden and were adapted into a popular television series. She lives in Stockholm.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375893704
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - Europe
Translator:
Schenck, Linda
Translated by:
Linda Schenck
Author:
Linda Schenck
Author:
Thor, Annika
Author:
translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck
Author:
Schenck, Linda
Author:
Annika Thor
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Holocaust
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091110
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
3-7
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Age Level:
8-12

Related Subjects

» Children's » General
» Children's » Historical Fiction » Europe
» Children's » Historical Fiction » Holocaust
» Children's » Historical Fiction » Military and War
» Children's » Reference » Family and Genealogy
» Children's » Situations » General

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Product details 256 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375893704 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to join them in fleeing the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.
"Synopsis" by , Sent to live with a foster family on a rugged island in Sweden during the summer of 1939, two Jewish sisters await the arrival of their parents in order to escape to America, but as war rages on and time passes, one sibling settles into her new surroundings while the other begins to fear the worst.
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