Valentina and Oksana are fifth grade classmates, but they are definitely not friends. Then a nuclear disaster strikes their Chernobyl home and they discover that everything they’ve been taught is a lie…
Ages 11+
Pages 352
Publisher Penguin Random House
Coming May 2022
Sydney Taylor Silver Medal Winner
National Jewish Book Award Winner

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101 Reviews

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I really loved this book!

Review by Aubrey

It’s about Valentina and Oksana, two girls who are enemies. After the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explodes, they are forced to move to Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s grandmother who is a stranger to both girls. Neither of them are happy about it, but the power of friendship eventually shines through. This book was so good! I couldn’t put it down. I loved how it switched perspectives from Valentina, Oksana, and Rifka from 1941. It was a perfect story of friendship!

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Please read it is soo good

Review by klovesjesus

History and its really good

Sep 09, 2023 05:58 PM
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GET IT!!!!!!

Review by Artpuppygirl

I cannot explain how good this book is! It made me feel all kinds of emotions, it really felt like I was in the book. It was so good that even my grandma wanted to read it and she hasn’t read a book in years. If that isn’t enough to convince you to get it then I don’t know what will.

Sep 02, 2023 05:38 PM
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Review by EmeraldFox

It was good

Aug 25, 2023 09:48 AM
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Amazing 🤩

Review by VRVM

I loved this book so much! This was definitely one of my favorite books ever!

Jul 21, 2023 03:35 PM
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This is a GREAT book!

Review by MilkweedPuppy

This is one of my favorite PJ Library books ever! It was well written and a very interesting story. I enjoyed learning about Chernobyl and what life was like in the Soviet Union for Jewish people.

Jul 12, 2023 01:54 PM