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Someday We Will Fly

Rachel DeWoskin



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Viking Press Inc
22 January 2019
Children's & Educational; Historical fiction (Children's&YA)
Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn't understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive? Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a gentlemen's club without her father's knowledge. But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?
By:   Rachel DeWoskin
Imprint:   Viking Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   470g
ISBN:   9780670014965
ISBN 10:   0670014966
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   22 January 2019
Recommended Age:   From 12 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera that inspired her memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing. She is the author of Repeat After Me and Big Girl Small, which received the American Library Association's Alex Award for an adult book with special appeal to teen readers; Rachel's conversations with young readers inspired her to write her first YA novel, Blind. Rachel is on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where she teaches creative writing. She lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two daughters. Rachel and her family spent six summers in Shanghai while she researched Someday We Will Fly.

Reviews for Someday We Will Fly

DeWoskin explores a rarely depicted topic. . .A beautifully nuanced exploration of culture and people. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review A provocative exploration of what resilience means when you're pushed to the edge. -BCCB

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