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Anna and the Swallow Man

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Anna’s father, a professor, leaves her with a friend and disappears. It is Poland. The continent is at war. Anna’s father never returns, but she finds a man who can call wild birds to him, and has a great understanding of how the world works and a brilliant command of languages. The two begin to walk. During time of war, the Swallow Man says, it is best to keep moving, so they do. The journey they share goes on for years, as does the war. Anna, a growing girl, needs clothes and shoes and food, and the Swallow Man needs his pills. These problems make their journey so much harder, but when Anna chooses a stranger to join them, everything becomes so much more difficult.

Gavriel Savit has written a story that looks at the war and the holocaust in entirely different way. He examines it through the eyes of a child who survives on the edges of the conflict and tells it in the style of an old-fashioned folk tale. The writing is lyrical and gorgeous, and the story is captivating, although often dark. For most sophisticated middle-school readers, this deserves much wider readership.

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Author:
Gavriel Savit
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
240 pages
Publisher:
Knopf YR
Publish Date:
26-Jan-2016
ISBN:
9780553513349
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Issue:
April 2016
Category:
Young Adult
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ASIN

0553513346

Book Author

Gavriel Savit

Format

Hard

ISBN

9780553513349

Issue

April 2016

Page Count

240 pages

Publication Date

26-Jan-2016

Publisher

Knopf YR

Star Count

5

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