A gripping war story by Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. In this World War 2 story, Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret - Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his ...
A gripping war story by Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. In this World War 2 story, Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret - Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives. Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with yet another of his beautifully crafted war stories for children. Alongside his other world war 2 stories such as Friend or Foe, Waiting for Anya embodies the very best of Michael Morpurgo's vivid, heartfelt and absorbing writing for children.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-01-21 A French boy guards the dangerous secret that Jewish children are being hidden from Nazis in his village. "This well-plotted novel," said PW, "is both gripping and temperate." Ages 10-14. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-02-08 Like the acclaimed Number the Stars , this well-plotted novel features a young Gentile hero battling the Germans in their war against the Jews. As it opens, Jo is guarding the sheep when his dog alerts him to a bear; Jo warns the villagers in his small French town and they kill the hapless beast. The theme here prefigures the more tragic hunt for human prey, while the bear chase itself brings Jo into contact with Benjamin, the reclusive Widow Horcada's Jewish son-in-law, who is hiding in her mountain home. Separated from Anya, his daughter, Benjamin hides other Jewish children and leads them to safety in nearby Spain. Jo is soon enlisted, bringing supplies to the widow's house. Then the Germans encamp in Jo's village, observing everyone and sealing the Spanish border. Jo's concern for the Jews is measured against his reluctant awareness that the German occupiers are not uniformly evil--in fact, the villagers' relations with the Germans form the most distinctive element of the story. Although some key elements are historically improbable (chiefly, a German officer's partial rejection of Nazi principles), the adventure of the Jews' escape into Spain is both gripping and temperate. Ages 10-14. (Apr.)
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