A Faraway Island, by Annika Thor

A Faraway Island is about two Jewish sisters, Stephie and Nellie, who are sent to live on an island is Sweden because of World War Two. They and their mother and father all used to live happily in Vienna, Austria, but since the German invasion, their father had been forbidden to continue working as a doctor, the sisters hadn’t been allowed to go to regular school and many other things were closed to them just because they were Jews.

When the sisters are sent to Sweden, they are only supposed to be separated from their parents for a short time, six months at the most. Their parents original idea was for them to get visas so that they could immigrate to the United States. However, as the war goes on, it gets increasingly difficult, and the six months turns in to seven, the eight, and soon a whole year has gone by.

A Faraway Island is a very well written book, however it leaves a few too many questions unanswered at the end. If you enjoy reading historical fiction and learning about children in World War Two, you will enjoy this book. Annika Thor does a really good job writing the story of Stephie and Nellie, and I enjoyed reading it.

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