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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (230 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: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307942562
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A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, The Lily Pond continues the story of two Jewish sisters who left Austria during WWII/Holocaust and found refuge in Sweden.

A year after Stephie Steiner and her younger sister, Nellie, left Nazi-occupied Vienna, Stephie has finally adapted to life on the rugged Swedish island where she now lives. But more change awaits Stephie: her foster parents have allowed her to enroll in school on the mainland, in Goteberg. Stephie is eager to go. Not only will she be pursuing her studies, she'll be living in a cultured city again—under the same roof as Sven, the son of the lodgers who rented her foster parents' cottage for the summer.
Five years her senior, Sven dazzles Stephie with his charm, his talk of equality, and his anti-Hitler sentiments. Stephie can't help herself—she's falling in love. As she navigates a sea of new emotions, she also grapples with what it means to be beholden to others, with her constant worry about what her parents are enduring back in Vienna, and with the menacing spread of Nazi ideology, even in Sweden. In these troubled times, her true friends, Stephie discovers, are the ones she least expected.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Booklist, December 1, 2011:
  • A compelling look at World War II–era Sweden, this distinguished Holocaust story will resonate."
  • Horn Book, January/February 2012:
  • Stephie’s story of adjustment to a new school and of a first crush is both specific and universal"

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Graham | 12/28/2013

    " I probably should rate a bit higher, I think most kids would enjoy the romance in this one, the interpersonal relationships. Reads a bit stiffly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jpickering | 12/4/2013

    " I like the way the book was portrayed through the eyes of a young Jewish girl who actually exscapes from the area that Hitler targeted before things got bad. I like how it showed how Stephanie felt and how she felt about how her parents stayed behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libriar | 6/23/2013

    " The second book in the series is as good as the first. Again, accessible historical fiction about the Holocaust for 5th and 6th grade students. Disappointed that the third book isn't out in English yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Devine | 6/20/2012

    " I hope the next one will be translated and published this year. I want to find out what happens with Stephie and also her parents who were stuck in Vienna. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Rittenberry | 5/19/2012

    " This book was enjoyable to read. Although the story is set during the Holocaust, the author focuses more on Stephie's life and her trying to make it through school. The possible love story kept me guessing, and I was surprised at how it panned out. I would recommend this book to others! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prina | 4/3/2012

    " A really good book, my sister recommended this book to me!!! I loved this, and I will read this over and over again!!! A real story, and lovely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin T | 4/2/2012

    " I don't exactly know what the point of this book was, it was such a mixture of subjects that I couldn't really get into it. There parts that made me cringe and want to turn it off, but I made it to the end. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Lallier | 1/11/2012

    " For my sixth grade girls looking for a romance, I point them to this lovely story of a young Jewish girl who is falling for the boy who's house she is living in, while her family is keeping her safe during WWII. This is the second of two books which can easily be read out of order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 12/23/2011

    " I read the first book in school, and I loved it. So I decided to buy the second one. I was not disappointed, even with my high expectations. I loved that it was more about Steffi and less about Nelli (since I really don't like Nelli, I think she's a annoying brat hehe). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Brown | 11/28/2011

    " An interesting look at a Jewish child sent to Sweden from Vienna by her parents during World War II.This is a young adult book which deals with first love feelings, unexpected friendship, and possible sad endings for her parents unable to leave Vienna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 10/31/2011

    " Liked the first one better. "

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About the Narrator

Amy Rubinate has narrated over 250 audiobooks and won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her books have been selected for AudioFile’s Best Romance of 2016 list; Booklist’s Top 10 Romance, Top 10 Historical Fiction, Editor’s Choice Media; and YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and won state and national awards for poetry reading. A voice actor and singer for over a decade, Amy has narrated many interactive children’s books and provided character voices for toys and video games. Amy’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.