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A Faraway Island

By: Annika Thor

Historical Fiction

It’s not safe for Jews in Vienna, so Stephie and her little sister, Nellie, have to start a new life on a tiny Swedish island. But Stephie can’t speak the language, Aunt Marta is so strict, and everything smells of fish! How will she ever fit in?

A Sydney Taylor Honor Book; Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Ages: 10+

248 pages

Penguin Random House

Average Rating: (43 Ratings)

All time amazing!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 3/8/2019 by Clg27

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Although this book was kind of sad, it was a great book to read. It made me realize the importance of Judaism!!!!!!!!!😁

BAD
Submitted 3/7/2019 by parismacaron

This book was just OK

Don't bother to read very BORING.

Amazing book
Submitted 3/5/2019 by melissakarenf

The main character Stephie describes her journey. One thing she describes is going to Sweden and I thought that was very interesting.

Not Bad
Submitted 3/3/2019 by AliaVS

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I loved reading this book
Submitted 2/10/2019 by suzyb1

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

My mom brought the book from work she's a teacher and I read it. I really liked it .Sometimes i'm forgetting to order book but my mom brings them home anyway.I recommend most of PJ library they are amazing.

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Submitted 2/2/2019 by lovestoread2010

This book is like a faraway story!
Submitted 2/2/2019 by 27gymnastics

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book is SO GOOD!

BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!
Submitted 1/9/2019 by princessMila

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

You should read this book!! It was the best book i ever read!!!

bleh
Submitted 1/8/2019 by WhirlyGirly

this book stunk!

AWESOME!
Submitted 1/6/2019 by LAD216

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book made me realize just how lucky I am to not have been in such a painful time

I Thought That This Book Was Pretty Good
Submitted 1/5/2019 by luvbball121

I liked this book more than disliked it, but think that it's not the best book I have ever read from PJ Our Way. It's pretty sad and I think that it's not the best message to kids that Stephie blocks everyone out of her life and doesn't ask for help. I would still recommend this book, though.

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/4/2019 by gymnast2010

I LOVED this book! It made me think a lot about the importance of family. While being pretty sad, A Faraway Island is one of the best books I have ever read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes learning about the Haulocaust.

Amazing, but sorta sad
Submitted 12/10/2018 by orangereader

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

It was an amazing book! I read so many times. I recommend this book to you.

READ THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/9/2018 by mdawg

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

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Sad but Amazing
Submitted 12/6/2018 by loveshandstands

I loved this book!

This book was sad but amazing because it told the history of WWII Jewish kids who had to move to Sweden without their parents. I like the details in this book! It really is an outstanding book.

Love it!
Submitted 12/6/2018 by Deborah

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This is a great book! I really appreciate all the details put into this book. I definitely would recommend this book if you're looking for an interesting book to read. Hopefully this review was of help. all the other reviews helped me decide to choose this great book! So Happy Reading!!!!!!!!

AMAZING
Submitted 12/2/2018 by 27gymnastics

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

IT IS AMAZING!

It was AMAZING
Submitted 12/2/2018 by LittleRedFeather

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

You could always understand what was going on and could connect with characters.

Read this book!!
Submitted 12/2/2018 by booklover100

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Even though it is a little sad because of the ending, it is still really good! And its not sad because anyone dies or anything for those of you who don't like reading books where people die. It is good for all ages, I think.

THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/10/2018 by mdawg

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY AMAZING it makes you feel so many emotions at once

Pretty Interesting
Submitted 11/9/2018 by firestar

I found the information from World War II interesting, even if I found the main character pretty annoying. This is a better read for younger kids. πŸ“˜

AMAZING!!!
Submitted 11/7/2018 by ilovegreatestshowman

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was amazing! Every night I was excited to read it and see what happens next. I would recommend this book to my friends!

I Got Into A Whole New Island While Reading...
Submitted 11/5/2018 by Redbird9

I loved this book!

This book is the bomb!!!!! I loved it sooooo much!!!! It made me think more about sisterhood and how to deal with one although there were no actual tips. I just picked it up as I read... THIS AMAZING BOOK!!!!!! I want to read more!πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“”πŸ“•πŸ“—πŸ“˜πŸ“™πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“”πŸ“’πŸ“™πŸ“˜πŸ“—πŸ“•βœ‘οΈπŸ•Žβœ‘οΈπŸ•Ž

I REALLY LOVE this book
Submitted 11/5/2018 by Clg27

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Honestly I think I could read it again and again!!! This book taught me more about World War Two. BEST BOOK EVER!!!

THE BEST BOOK I HAVE GOT FROM PJ LIBRARY
Submitted 11/4/2018 by bookshalom

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I could not put this book down, this author has great ideas. I have never really thought of some of the concepts that I saw in this book. This book has some humor also the characters are serious some of the things are so happy they made me sad. I would hope some of my friends would try to read this.

Great book
Submitted 11/4/2018 by swimming13

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I can't wait to read more books by this author!

A faraway island.
Submitted 11/4/2018 by lightandjoy

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I loved this book, I think it would be nice to live next to a lake unless the lake can flood in certain parts of the year but other than that I think it would be nice. I read this book in two days, (I could have read it in one,) but it isn't too thin or too thick. I wish it would not leave you hanging though. other than leaving you hanging about that it was a good book that I enjoyed!

Thank You pj our way!

AWESOME!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/3/2018 by doggiefriend

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Amazing read! This book gives you a big imagination. If your the kind of person that likes staying up all night to read, this book should definitely be arriving at your doorstep!

I loved this book
Submitted 11/3/2018 by Legabear123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is so good. I would totally recommend this to others! I liked that it was realistic so you could imagine it in your head and feel the emotion too

Book is fine
Submitted 11/1/2018 by Birdlover2010

This book was just OK

The book is fine. It's told from present tense. I didn't like it because it lacked amazing happenings. The book is told mostly from a boring girl's view.

THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!! πŸ˜‚
Submitted 11/1/2018 by booklover100

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

It seems boring at first but just keep reading. It is really good

The best book i have ever read
Submitted 11/1/2018 by IRead4Fun

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I liked this book. I would recomend this book to somebody else

interesting
Submitted 11/1/2018 by msonic

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

this is a great book. i shared it with my friends

This book was one of the best books I have ever read!!
Submitted 10/22/2018 by Soccersoccersoccerallthetime

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

A Faraway Island tells you about World War 2 and what happened to some of the little girls and boys. It is in a 3rd person perspective, and it feels as if you are inside the story watching it happen.

This book gave me the point of view of a Jewish girl in World War 2!
Submitted 10/21/2018 by MiaGrace

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

If you like historical fiction you'll love this.

historical
Submitted 10/16/2018 by cmk8

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I like to learn something new so this is definitely a good book for me

Boo!!
Submitted 10/9/2018 by pdxsoccerstar

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/9/2018 by YellowGirl

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I really liked this book! It was awesome! I would totally recommend it. READ IT!!!!!

Submitted 9/6/2018 by ColonelKitty

AMAZING
Submitted 9/5/2018 by beserrette

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 9/3/2018 by tinyrose

Submitted 9/2/2018 by otterbgood

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Another amazing story of courage and bravery during WW2 about two sisters that were sent to Sweden.

I would lend this to a friend!
Submitted 9/2/2018 by NationalDT

I like historical fiction and learning about World War 2. The story had many interesting and unexpected twists and turns that kept me reading. The story was easy to follow and I finished it in a weekend!
By Abby, age 10, Kid Advisory Committee

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Annika Thor
Author of A Faraway Island

Annika Thor was born and raised in a Jewish family in Gothenburg, Sweden. As well as writing books, she has been a librarian and a script writer for film and television. A Faraway Island and its three sequels were made into a series for Swedish TV.

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