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By Annika Thor

A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor booklet and an ALA-ALSC amazing Children’s Book, The Lily Pond maintains the tale of 2 Jewish sisters who left Austria in the course of WWII/Holocaust and located shelter in Sweden.

A 12 months after Stephie Steiner and her more youthful sister, Nellie, left Nazi-occupied Vienna, Stephie has ultimately tailored to existence at the rugged Swedish island the place her she now lives. yet extra swap awaits Stephie: her foster mom and dad have allowed her to sign up for tuition at the mainland, in Goteberg. Stephie is raring to head. not just will she be pursuing her stories, she'll be dwelling in an aesthetic urban again--under a similar roof as Sven, the son of the lodgers who rented her foster mom and dad' cottage for the summer.
Five years her senior, Sven dazzles Stephie along with his appeal, his speak of equality, and his anti-Hitler sentiments. Stephie can not help herself--she's falling in love. As she navigates a sea of latest feelings, she additionally grapples with what it capacity to be beholden to others, along with her consistent fear approximately what her mom and dad are enduring again in Vienna, and with the menacing unfold of Nazi idealogy, even in Sweden. In those afflicted instances, her real neighbors, Stephie discovers, are those she least expected.

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Promise! ” “I will,” says Nellie. “But don’t nag. ” The grandfather clock at the wall is ticking. The boat again to Göteborg leaves at six o’clock. Stephie hopes Uncle Evert gets domestic ahead of that. in a different way one other month will cross sooner than she will get to work out him. Auntie Alma and the youngsters go away at four-thirty. Aunt Märta units 3 areas on the kitchen desk, but if the clock within the living room moves 5, Uncle Evert nonetheless hasn’t arrived. “I consider we’d larger eat,” says Aunt Märta. “You mustn’t pass over your boat. ” by means of five-thirty they're comprehensive with dinner and the dishes are performed. Stephie’s suitcase is filled with her fresh sheets and lingerie. “We’d top be going,” says Aunt Märta. “Nothing to be performed approximately it. ” once more Stephie unearths herself at the again of Aunt Märta’s bicycle along with her suitcase on her lap. At each flip of the line, she hopes to work out Uncle Evert coming towards them. “You’ll see, he’ll simply have come into port and be down on the harbor,” Aunt Märta assures her. but if they get there, the berth the place the Diana frequently anchors is empty. Aunt Märta leans her motorcycle opposed to one of many boathouses and walks with Stephie onto the little pier the place the steamboat choices up passengers. simply because the steamboat is pulling out from the pier, Stephie hears a lifeless throbbing noise: a fishing vessel on its approach in. It’s the Diana. Stephie rushes over to the opposite aspect of the deck. on the wheel of the Diana she sees Uncle Evert in his blue overalls and a heavy woolen sweater. “Uncle Evert! ” “Stephie,” he shouts, waving. “We had a few engine difficulty. Couldn’t get the following prior. ” “Never mind,” Stephie calls again. “I’ll be domestic quickly back. ” domestic. possibly the island is domestic in any case, yet another way. is he? ” On Monday morning, the minute Stephie units foot within the schoolyard, Harriet and Lilian pounce on her. Their eyes are shiny with interest, their voices reduced to a secretive whisper. “Who is he? ” they ask back. It takes a few seconds for Stephie to gain they’re speaking approximately Sven. simply lengthy adequate for Lilian to whisper, much more softly, “Gosh, he’s so handsome. ” And Harriet: “Are you going regular? the 2 of you? ” “Are you? Don’t preserve us at midnight. ” “Look, she’s blushing! Come on, personal up! ” “Yes,” Stephie hears herself say, “we are. ” the moment she utters these phrases, she regrets them. She feels as though she has uncovered her innermost self to public view. let alone that what she simply stated isn’t actual. She loves Sven, and he or she is aware that after the time is correct, he'll love her again. yet what there's among them now has not anything to do with what Harriet and Lilian name “going regular. ” “Oooh! ” Lilian sighs. “Aren’t you the fortunate one? ” “What’s his identify? ” Harriet desires to recognize. “Sven. ” “Is he in highschool? ” “Yes, he’ll graduate this spring. ” “When did you meet? ” “Last summer,” Stephie replies, pondering that if she retains her solutions brief, they might tire of interrogating her. “How? ” “He was once a summer season visitor of my foster mom and dad at the island. ” “No, no,” Harriet says impatiently.

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