By Annika Thor
A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor ebook and an ALA-ALSC impressive Children’s Book, The Lily Pond keeps the tale of 2 Jewish sisters who left Austria in the course of WWII/Holocaust and located safe haven in Sweden.
A 12 months after Stephie Steiner and her more youthful sister, Nellie, left Nazi-occupied Vienna, Stephie has ultimately tailored to lifestyles at the rugged Swedish island the place her she now lives. yet extra swap awaits Stephie: her foster mom and dad have allowed her to join university at the mainland, in Goteberg. Stephie is keen to head. not just will she be pursuing her reports, she'll be residing in an aesthetic urban again--under an analogous roof as Sven, the son of the lodgers who rented her foster mom and dad' cottage for the summer.
Five years her senior, Sven dazzles Stephie together with his appeal, his speak of equality, and his anti-Hitler sentiments. Stephie can not help herself--she's falling in love. As she navigates a sea of latest feelings, she additionally grapples with what it skill to be beholden to others, together with her consistent fear approximately what her mom and dad are enduring again in Vienna, and with the menacing unfold of Nazi idealogy, even in Sweden. In those bothered occasions, her precise pals, Stephie discovers, are those she least expected.
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Now she likes it, even though she’s nonetheless fearful of getting a bone caught in her throat. Aunt Märta’s on the range. “I’m heating up your dinner,” she says. “Alma phoned to assert you have been in your method. ” Aunt Märta has strips of wool round her knees, open air her stockings. while she strikes to the sink to pour the water off the boiled potatoes, Stephie can see that she’s in soreness. “Let me do that,” says Stephie. “You take a seat and relaxation, Aunt Märta. ” “Who must take a seat? ” Aunt Märta mutters. “There’ll be lots of time to leisure in heaven. besides, I’m performed now. ” Stephie takes the plate of fish and potatoes Aunt Märta fingers her, in addition to a tumbler of milk. Aunt Märta sits around the desk from her whereas she eats, yet she says not anything concerning the video clips. She talks approximately her aching knees and the way it'd be rheumatism, in regards to the fishing and the way good issues are going, in regards to the shopkeeper’s daughter Sylvia, who's going to need to go away grammar college; she’ll be going to secretarial college as a substitute. now not until eventually Stephie has accomplished consuming does Aunt Märta say, “You do the dishes from time to time sign up for me within the sitting room. You and i've anything to discuss. ” whereas Stephie is cleansing up, she will be able to listen the radio from the sitting room. Aunt Märta is hearing the vespers provider. Stephie washes the dishes, dries them, and places them away. She wipes the kitchen desk, the counter, and the range best and sweeps the ground good. finally there's not anything extra to do. she will be able to not put off the inevitable. The vespers are accomplished and Aunt Märta has grew to become off the radio. She’s sitting up very directly, her palms clasped, her elbows at the desk, with the massive Bible in its ordinary position. “Come over here,” she says, “and take a seat. ” Stephie sits on one of many challenging chairs, contrary Aunt Märta. “Well,” Aunt Märta starts off, “I think you recognize what i would like to speak to you approximately. ” That sounds extra like a press release than a query, so Stephie doesn’t answer. “Three weeks in the past pass over Holm went to go to her sister in Göteborg. the 2 of them went to the cinema. After the movie, omit Holm observed you outdoors with different ladies. Is that right? ” Stephie nods. “So, Stephie, i need to ask you: had you been to the cinema? ” it'd be really easy to respond to, “No! ” “No,” she may perhaps say, “I had now not been to the cinema. i used to be out for a stroll with my girlfriends and we stopped to examine the posters open air. pass over Holm got here by way of correct then and he or she idea we had noticeable the movie, too. you know the way she is, Aunt Märta. She simply talks and talks and also you can’t get a be aware in edgewise. ” Aunt Märta’s given her an opportunity to prevent her wrath by means of telling a lie. yet Stephie doesn’t take it. “Yes,” she says. “I’d noticeable the motion picture. I’ve been to a live performance in addition. ” “Good,” Aunt Märta says. “It is for your credits that you're telling the reality. yet, Stephie, you’ve been a member of the Pentecostal congregation for over a yr now, and also you understand rather well that worldly pleasures are prohibited. you might have dedicated a sin, and that i desire you remorse it. ” Now she may say, “I make an apology.