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A Faraway Island

by Annika Thor, Linda Schenck

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Library Binding
ISBN: 9780385905909

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Synopsis of A Faraway Island

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.

The New York Times - Elizabeth Devereaux

The author, Annika Thor, based Stephie and Nellie's experiences on interviews she conducted with some of the 500 Jews who found refuge in Sweden as children during World War II, along with stories from her own family. She unobtrusively brings the reader into full alignment with Stephie…The first of four novels that have been widely published abroad, A Faraway Island concludes after Norway has been invaded and Stephie's parents have asked her to help get them visas to Sweden. Readers will want to know what happens next for the characters in this powerful series.

About the Author, Annika Thor

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.

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