Publisher: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children
Summary: Guided by an angel, Hannah embarks on a journey to heal and restore her family.
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Recommended by my English teacher, I borrowed the book and fell in love with it.
The book takes place in 1918, during WWI. Hannah, a young jewish girl, lives with her two younger sisters and her great-aunt. Her father is fighting in Russia, while searching for their missing mother.
During this time period, the influenza sweeps across America.
My thoughts: I’m not really used to reading historical fiction, but from reading Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust-I realized how much I enjoy this author’s writing.
In the book, Hannah is guided by a girl with violet eyes, her angel. I liked the way the angel appears mysterious and unspoken. Due to her surroundings, Hannah is constantly getting herself into life-threatening situations. This is when the angel appears.
What I liked about this story is the angel is not used as a major plot line, yet the author does a really good job of focusing on Hannah and how she relates to the tragic events of her time.
Again, I am can’t say enough about the writing. Karen Hesse writes simple stories that have huge impacts. Her words get to the point without carrying on pages and pages of fluff, and her message is clear.
I give this story five stars!!!