Boys should not be deterred by the female narrator, as her story is so powerful. But it's the latter stories we like to tell, in America, because they emphasize Christian goodness. I really liked it. This would have stood out. It is an entertaining novel whilst still holding some elements of an interesting history class.
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For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields, working in the mines, and struggling to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future. It is written from the perspective of a Jewish year old enddless Vilna.
Book ratings by Goodreads. It really moved me.
Nov 04, Tim Byers rated it really liked it. It is about getting friends, winning a school contest and a Siberian snowstorm. About Esther Hautzig Esther Hautzig was the author of many books for children and adults. Thhe 24, Ms. One beautiful June morning inEsther Rudomin, 10, finds her happy, care free life in Vilna, Poland changed forever.
The Endless Steppe : Growing Up in Siberia
You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time. Unlike other reviewers here, I did not think the book was slow paced. Inthe Nazis and Soviets signed a 10 year non-aggression pact called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
Young Esther tells the story, which is both survival and coming-of-age tale. The work is back-breaking, the food almost non-existent mostly watery soup and the summer heat unbearable in a place as endlessly flat as the Siberian Steppes.
Dec 03, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. She wrote of trying to make money by selling books of Russian poetry, recalling that one man thumbed through a book before deciding not to buy it because the pages were not the right thickness to roll cigarettes.
The Endless Steppe
Views Read Edit Steppe history. View all 17 comments. She almost absorbs the harsh Soviet message of their exile, feeling a perverse pride that "the little rich girl of Vilna survived poverty as well as anyone else. Hautzig described perfectly the anguish and despair of being suddenly kidnapped by the NKVD in the full sun, while nobody tries to help for fear of reprisals, and the alienation caused by traveling for weeks crammed in livestock cars.
Out of all the honors books this is the one I enjoyed the most. I am impressed with Esther's ingenuity as her family struggles to survive and by her shifting feelings for the steppe and its people. Sep 04, Denise rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, they couldn't still leave Siberia and so they suffered great hardships for the following four years.
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Picked this up during our latest heat wave. Luckily, by the beginning of fall, the Soviet Union, the exiled Polish government and Britain were allies against the Nazis and amnesty was granted to the Polish deportees.
Beth April 3, at 1: The Great Trouble Deborah Hopkinson. In the late s, Mrs. Sep 19, ambyr rated it really liked it Shelves: However, there were a couple of good figures which I think are the companions that are the real helpers of this family surviving this journey.
Good to be reminded of it on Goodreads. Master Puppeteer Katherine Paterson.