A Year Without Mom

By TOLSTIKOVA, Dasha

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ISBN
9781554986927
Publisher
Groundwood


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on December 1, 2015  |  Middle Grade

Gr 5 Up—In this fully illustrated novel, 12-year-old Dasha lives in Moscow and is unhappily surprised when her mother decides to spend a year in America, leaving her with her grandparents. Especially since her father moved to Los Angeles, she has really depended on her mom, and the absence of her actual parents is both freeing and painful as Dasha experiences the year—the same year that Gorbachev leaves and Yeltsin takes over what bec...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Starred Review on October 1, 2015

Tolstikova's illustrated memoir recounts the time when her mother relocated to America for graduate school and she, twelve years old, was left in the care of her grandparents in Moscow. Through present-tense narration, readers follow Dasha's experiences chronologically as she navigates both specific and universal rites of passage, including uncertainty during the 1991 coup d'etat attempt and distress when she learns that her crush, older boy Petya...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Tolstikova's illustrated memoir recounts when her mother relocated to America for graduate school and she, twelve, was left with her grandparent...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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