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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84 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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Love it

Review by Shiraprnicessofpower

This was definitely my favorite book it was heartwarming amazing and adventures and amazing I loved it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much it's amazing 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Jan 03, 2023 03:12 PM
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I love this book

Review by Shiraprnicessofpower

This was an amazing story it was beautiful but really sad 💙♥️❤️💚💜🤍🧡🖤💕💞❤️❤️♥️💙💙I loved it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

Jan 03, 2023 03:04 PM
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Review by Yhvhfollower

This book was sooooooooooooooooooooooo Amazing I loved it a lot YOU NEED TO READ IT!!!!!!!!🥰😍❤️💗💕😊🧡💛💚💙💜🖤❣️💕💞💓💖💝

Dec 09, 2022 09:49 AM
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Scary and good read

Review by Sah86

I liked it

Dec 02, 2022 03:31 PM
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Review by KRZM

i deffinitly am not i big reading fan but this book was written so buetiffuly that i could not hear anything around me

Dec 01, 2022 07:10 PM