A Faraway Island: Book 1

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Two Jewish sisters leave Austria during WWII/Holocaust and 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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About the author

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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Publisher
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Published on
Nov 10, 2009
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9780375893704
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Europe
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Holocaust
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Readers of Anne of Green Gables and Hattie Ever After will love following Stephie’s story, which takes place during World War II and began with A Faraway Island and continued with The Lily Pond.
 
Three years ago, Stephie and her younger sister, Nellie, escaped the Nazis in Vienna and fled to an island in Sweden, where they were taken in by different families. Now sixteen-year-old Stephie is going to school on the mainland. Stephie enjoys her studies, and rooming with her school friend, May. But life is only getting more complicated as she gets older.
 
Stephie might lose the grant money that is funding her education. Her old friend Verra is growing up too fast. And back on the island, Nellie wants to be adopted by her foster family. Stephie, on the other hand, can’t stop thinking about her parents, who are in a Nazi camp in Austria. If only the war would end. . . .
 
Like the deep sea, Stephie’s life is filled with danger and darkness, but also with beauty and hope as she learns to stand up for her beliefs and be true to herself.

A CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book of the Year

*"A rich blend of emotional truths."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

*"This novel about coming of age during a complicated, tragic time in history is both delicate and poignant."--Publisher's Weekly, Starred

"Thor . . . deftly balances the sisters’ everyday concerns with the greater psychological aspects of being refugees."--School Library Journal 

"The novel’s strength lies in its rich cast of secondary characters whose stories bring wartime Sweden to life."--Booklist

"The present tense and a limited third-person narration that reflects Stephie’s every thought and emotion give the story unusual immediacy, nuance, and impact."--The Hornbook Magazine 

“Deep Sea and the story of the Steiner sisters is a much-needed voice in the sea of World War II novels for youth.”—VOYA 

Praise for A Faraway Island

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award

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

Praise for The Lily Pond 

A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book

"This distinguished Holocaust story will resonate."--Booklist 


From the Hardcover edition.
Systrarna Steffi och Nelli är tolv och sju år gamla när de skickas till Sverige för att undkomma judeförföljelserna i sitt hemland Österrike. De vet ingenting om Sverige, bara att de ska bo på en ö i Göteborgs skärgård. De drömmer om en semesterort med palmer längs strandpromenaden, ett piano och en hund. När de kommer fram är ingenting som de väntat sig. Där finns bara hav och sten, sjöbodar och fiskebåtar...
Under uppväxtåren i Sverige blir breven från föräldrarna en livlina, men också en ständig källa till oro. Steffi förstå att deras situation är mycket svår, och förhoppningen att familjen ska återförenas i Amerika blir allt svagare.
I böckerna om Steffi och Nelli skildras systrarnas livsöden - skolgång, vänskap, förälskelse, mognad - i skuggan av kriget, gripande, men osentimentalt och sakligt.

Annika Thor är en av våra mest omtyckta barn- och ungdomsboksförfattare. Senast har hon skrivit barnböckerna "Rött hjärta blå fjäril" och "Pirr i magen klump i halsen". Hösten 2003 visades teveserien "En ö i havet" i SVT, och teveproduktionen, liksom böckerna, fick ett lysande mottagande.

Priser och utmärkelser i urval: Prix Tam-Tams du Livre Jeunesses 2003, Astrid Lindgren-priset 2000 för sin samlade produktion, Janusz Korczak-medaljen 2000 för böckerna om Steffi och Nelli, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 1999 för "En ö i havet", Nils Holgerssonplaketten 1999 för "Havets djup", Nordiska skolbibliotekarieföreningens Barnbokspris 1999 för sin samlade produktion och Bokjuryn 1998 för Havets djup.



Omslagsformgivare: Alexandra Kern

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Ond bråd död. Svartsjuka och girighet. Passionerad kärlek och gruvligaste hämnd. I de grekiska sagorna finns allt – och lite till! När Annika Thor samlar välkända myter från antikens Grekland – och kryddar med några mindre bekanta – och Jakob Wegelius ackompanjerar dem med dramatiska och sinnrika illustrationer får vi berättarkonst i världsklass.
Hur allting började? Jo, ur den svarta natten rörde sig en vind, och Natten lade ett ägg som glänste vitt som silver. Ur ägget föddes Gaia, Moder Jord. Som ett fast golv sträckte hon sig över mörkret, och lät bergen skjuta upp och slätterna breda ut sig. Hon skapade floderna och lärde dem att strömma mot havet. Sist födde hon Himlen, Uranus. Uranus var lika stor som Gaia och lade sig som ett täcke över henne. Tillsammans med Uranus fick Gaia tolv barn, men bara ett av dem vågade trotsa sin far och befria sin mor och sina syskon. Resultatet? Tre hämndgudinnor och vi själva – människosläktet!
Från det antika Greklands kanon flödar berättelserna om käbblande gudar och gudinnor, stridslystna halvgudar, modiga flickor och vanligt folk. Läs om kung Midas med åsneöronen, Atalanta som sprang fortare än alla sina friare, Narcissus som förälskade sig i sin egen spegelbild, lille Ikaros som provade sina vingar men flög för nära solen, Iphis som föddes som flicka men blev en pojke och om det väldiga odjuret Minotaurus i Daidalos labyrint – och många fler.










Illustratör: Jakob Wegelius
Readers of Anne of Green Gables and Hattie Ever After will love following Stephie’s story, which takes place during World War II and began with A Faraway Island and continued with The Lily Pond.
 
Three years ago, Stephie and her younger sister, Nellie, escaped the Nazis in Vienna and fled to an island in Sweden, where they were taken in by different families. Now sixteen-year-old Stephie is going to school on the mainland. Stephie enjoys her studies, and rooming with her school friend, May. But life is only getting more complicated as she gets older.
 
Stephie might lose the grant money that is funding her education. Her old friend Verra is growing up too fast. And back on the island, Nellie wants to be adopted by her foster family. Stephie, on the other hand, can’t stop thinking about her parents, who are in a Nazi camp in Austria. If only the war would end. . . .
 
Like the deep sea, Stephie’s life is filled with danger and darkness, but also with beauty and hope as she learns to stand up for her beliefs and be true to herself.

A CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book of the Year

*"A rich blend of emotional truths."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

*"This novel about coming of age during a complicated, tragic time in history is both delicate and poignant."--Publisher's Weekly, Starred

"Thor . . . deftly balances the sisters’ everyday concerns with the greater psychological aspects of being refugees."--School Library Journal 

"The novel’s strength lies in its rich cast of secondary characters whose stories bring wartime Sweden to life."--Booklist

"The present tense and a limited third-person narration that reflects Stephie’s every thought and emotion give the story unusual immediacy, nuance, and impact."--The Hornbook Magazine 

“Deep Sea and the story of the Steiner sisters is a much-needed voice in the sea of World War II novels for youth.”—VOYA 

Praise for A Faraway Island

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award

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

Praise for The Lily Pond 

A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book

"This distinguished Holocaust story will resonate."--Booklist 


From the Hardcover edition.
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