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The author of the book: Sally Watson
Date of issue: 1957
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I read this many times as a child. There aren't too many books on what Jews did after the Holocaust but this one covers that subject. Leo and Mia have both been affected badly by the Holocaust and having to depend on a gang for food and living areas. Leo ran the gang as I remember and could be ruthless and was barely civilized in many ways. He had one goal in life: to protect his little sister. Mia is terrified of the world as well as more specific things. Both end up going to Palestine and being there for the beginning of Israel. It was an excellent book. I must try to find a copy to buy. Update 10/25/14 I just finished reading the last copy in my library system while waiting for my copy to arrive from Alibris. It is as good as I remember, compounded that as an adult, I'm rather appalled at what children were put through. Of course, the book is fiction but it was very definitely based on historical facts. Leo and Mia were ragamuffins in Naples, Italy right after WWII where they lost their parents. Mia and Leo had already been sent to safety before that happened. Mia was living with friends when their house was bombed and she was buried in it. Leo eventually found her and got her out. So, yes, Mia is terrified of darn near everything, especially being separated from Leo. In an incident of begging, Mia breaks her arm and both children are brought to I suppose the Red Cross. One thing this story does well is show how devastated all parts of Europe were after the war. We forget...and so do the Europeans....that things were really bad right after the war. If the Marshall plan hadn't gone through, European history would have been much worse. The beginning of the state of Israel is described, as is the reason why Jews are passionately defensive of Israel. Right or wrong, it is the one reliable place where Jews are not the persecuted minority. And before someone gets enraged and says that doesn't happen in the United States, I'll point out both my adult sons have described antiSemitic comments when they were in school. In any case, the story does an excellent job of explaining why Jews regard the state passionately.It also shows that not all Arabs by any means were ready to drive the Jews into the sea, even if those Arabs were very much a minority. This is a well balanced story that I wish would be brought back into print. It has well formed characters, a nicely done plot, and solid history.
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Read information about the authorWatson is a YA historical fiction writer, mostly about the British royals. She moved to England in 1964 and lived there for 24 years. Her most well-known works are parts of her English Family Tree series. Most of her books went out of print in the 1970s, many eventually reprinted by Image Cascade. She has also written YA novels set in ancient Egypt.
Her most recent book is The Angry Earth, an adult story of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811.
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