Waiting for Anya

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Puffin Books, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 172 pages
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Recounts twelve-year old Jo's experiences in an elderly widow's Hillside farmhouse along with several other Jewish children. set in Vichy, France, this is an excellent young adult novel providing the teenage reader with an...

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I really enjoyed this story, an exciting and moving book about a boy who becomes involved with the French resistance. Jo helps young Jewish children escape over the mountains to Spain. It is a story of courage, friendship and strength and has a sad and happy ending. It is a story to remember and read time and time again.  

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Given that this is a children's book, I quite enjoyed it. It simplified the struggles in the war so that youngsters understand. Read full review


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British author Michael Morpurgo was born in St. Albans, Hertforshire in 1943. He attended the University of London and studied English and French. He became a primary school teacher in Kent for about ten years. He and his wife Clare started a charity called Farms for City Children. They currently own three farms where over 2000 children a year stay for a week and experience the countryside by taking part in purposeful farmwork. He has published over 100 books and several screenplays. He won the 1995 Whitbread Children's Book Award for The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the 1996 Nestle Smarties Book Prize for The Butterfly Lion, and the 2000 Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom. Private Peaceful won the 2005 Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Five of his books have been made into movies and two have been adapted for television. He was named as the third Children's Laureate in May 2003.

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