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By Annika Thor

Readers of Anne of eco-friendly Gables and Hattie Ever After will love following Stephie’s tale, which occurs in the course of international battle II and started with A far off Island and persevered with The Lily Pond.

3 years in the past, Stephie and her more youthful sister, Nellie, escaped the Nazis in Vienna and fled to an island in Sweden, the place they have been taken in by means of diverse households. Now sixteen-year-old Stephie goes to varsity at the mainland. Stephie enjoys her reports, and rooming together with her college pal, may possibly. yet lifestyles is simply getting extra advanced as she will get older.
Stephie may lose the provide cash that's investment her schooling. Her outdated buddy Verra is turning out to be up too speedy. And again at the island, Nellie desires to be followed by way of her foster relations. Stephie, nonetheless, can’t cease wondering her mom and dad, who're in a Nazi camp in Austria. If purely the battle could finish. . . .
just like the deep sea, Stephie’s existence is stuffed with possibility and darkness, but in addition with good looks and wish as she learns to face up for her ideals and be actual to herself.

A CBC striking Social stories alternate e-book of the Year

*"A wealthy combination of emotional truths."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

*"This novel approximately coming of age in the course of a sophisticated, tragic time in heritage is either soft and poignant."--Publisher's Weekly, Starred

"Thor . . . deftly balances the sisters’ daily issues with the higher mental features of being refugees."--School Library Journal 

"The novel’s energy lies in its wealthy forged of secondary characters whose tales deliver wartime Sweden to life."--Booklist

"The current annoying and a constrained third-person narration that displays Stephie’s each notion and emotion supply the tale strange immediacy, nuance, and impact."--The Hornbook Magazine 

“Deep Sea and the tale of the Steiner sisters is a much-needed voice within the sea of worldwide warfare II novels for youth.”—VOYA 

Praise for A far flung Island

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award

"[A] great addition to the canon of WWII stories."--The Hornbook journal, Starred

Praise for The Lily Pond 

A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book

"This uncommon Holocaust tale will resonate."--Booklist 

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Spoiled rotten,” could mutters, lugging her little sister up the final fights to the fourth ground. Stephie laughs. “And who’s guilty for spoiling her? ” she asks. “I comprehend, i do know! ” Gunnel, who’s 8, comes operating up the steps after them, desirous to inform them approximately anything that occurred in school. She takes Stephie through the hand, chatting eagerly. Gunnel is continually admiring Stephie’s black hair, darkish eyes, and moderate accessory. She even attempts to mimic the best way Stephie speaks Swedish. She continually desires to be conserving Stephie’s hand or sitting on her lap. Stephie is excited to enable her. yet sometimes, as Gunnel sits on her lap and twirls a lock of Stephie’s lengthy hair, Stephie’s judgment of right and wrong bothers her. She begins brooding about Nellie, her personal more youthful sister who nonetheless lives at the island together with her foster mom and dad, Auntie Alma and Uncle Sigurd. seeing that Stephie left to wait grammar institution in Göteborg, she sees Nellie just one weekend a month and on institution vacation trips. Nellie is ten now, occurring 11, a huge woman who doesn’t are looking to sit down on anyone’s lap. in the past, once they left Vienna prior to the warfare, Stephie promised their mom and dad that she may look after Nellie. Stephie isn’t definite she has lived as much as that promise. 2 Stephie unlocks the door with the main she and will proportion. Britten has one in every of her personal, however the more youthful young children aren’t allowed domestic till may perhaps and Stephie go back from institution, or except their mom finishes her house responsibilities task and will get domestic first. There’s a yellowish card at the doormat inside of. Stephie selections it up, realizing with out even having a look what it truly is. Early final autumn, she stopped receiving letters from her mom and dad in Vienna. For a number of months, neither Stephie nor Nellie heard something from them. Stephie’s anxiousness tightened uncomfortably in her abdominal day by day, week after week, month after month. in spite of everything, a card arrived, similar to the single she’s keeping in her hand. It got here from Theresienstadt, a camp in Czechoslovakia, now not faraway from Prague. The Germans had accumulated hundreds of thousands of Jews there—men, girls, and youngsters from Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, and Prague. Stephie and Nellie will be there now, too, if their mom and dad hadn’t despatched them to Sweden whereas there has been nonetheless time. The playing cards from Theresienstadt are constantly exact. clean playing cards, like postcards yet with no images. And with little or no textual content. Stephie has counted the phrases. except for the date and signature, there are continually precisely thirty. She thinks humans within the camp most likely aren’t allowed to jot down greater than thirty phrases. She imagines an individual sitting and counting the phrases on hundreds of thousands of these playing cards. No ask yourself it takes not less than a month, occasionally even longer, for them to reach. On one of many first playing cards, Papa requested Stephie if she may perhaps attempt to ship foodstuff. He didn’t say what they wanted, yet Aunt Märta helped Stephie fill a field with canned items, dried fruit, oatmeal, and darkish bread that stored good. Now they arrange a package deal whenever Stephie is going domestic to the island. Aunt Märta can pay for part the meals, and Stephie saves her pocket funds to pay for the opposite part.

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