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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annika Thor Narrator: Amy Rubinate Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two Jewish sisters leave Austria during WWII/Holocaust and 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by B | 2/17/2014

    " Historical fiction about two Jewish girls during WWII who are fostered with families in Sweden until their parents can leave Austria and move to America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teresa Lansford | 1/26/2014

    " It is a bit difficult to get used to the present tense narrative since there are numerous flashbacks, but it is a good story of two girls who are living in foster homes in Sweden during the Nazi occupation of Germany. If anyone comes across the sequels in English, let me know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristina Marie | 1/24/2014

    " An excellent book for middle readers about the Jewish children sent to Sweden during World War II. Thor writes the main characters emotions so well that the audience can't help but feel her frustration, sadness, and hurt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn | 1/12/2014

    " Swedish novels, what would we do without them? "

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