A Faraway Island

By Thor, Annika

Publishers Summary:
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.

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ISBN
978-0-38573-617-6 978-0-38590-590-9
Publisher
Delacorte


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2009

Gr 5-8 In this gripping story, Stephie and Nellie, two Austrian Jewish sisters, are evacuated in 1938 from Vienna to a Swedish island and placed in separate foster homes. Twelve-year-old Stephie has promised her parents that she will try to ease her younger sister's way, a burdensome promise to keep. Auntie Alma, Nellie's Swedish mother, is warmer and more welcoming than Auntie Märta, Stephie's more austere foster parent. At first it seems that...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

In this welcome addition to the canon of WWII stories (the first of a quartet of books previously published in Sweden), two Jewish sisters from cosmopolitan Vienna are evacuated to a fishing village on a small, stark Swedish island. Stephanie, twelve, and Nellie, eight, comfort each other on their journey with romantic visions of their new life, but the reality is bleaker, especially for Stephie. The girls are separated: Nellie is placed with kind, warm Aunt Alma and her young family, Stephie ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on January 1, 2009

Stephanie, twelve, and Nellie, eight, Jewish sisters from cosmopolitan Vienna, are evacuated to a fishing village on a small, stark Swedish...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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