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- ISBN: 0525516808
- ISBN: 9780525516804
179 pages : map ; 22 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 
|Summary, etc.:||In 1948, following World War II, eleven-year-old Anna, her mother, and older sister must flee Czechoslovakia after Russian Communists take over the government. Includes notes about the author's family history, on which the story is based.|
|Target Audience Note:||
Ages 10 up. Nancy Paulsen Books.
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|Subject:||Families Czechoslovakia Fiction
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Which Way Is Home?
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Kiely bases her debut novel on the true story of her mother's escape from Communist-era Czechoslovakia. Eleven-year-old Anna, a Czech girl, lives happily with her family. They thought that once the Nazi occupation was over, everything would go back to normal, but now they worry about the new Communist government. People are being sent to prison camps, and no one knows whom to trust. One night in 1948, Anna is whisked away to Prague, where she, her mother, and her older sister begin a secret escape to Germany--and, they hope, Anna's father. The plot is straightforward and fast-paced, and though the stakes are high, there's never any doubt that things will turn out all right for Anna and her family. They know there are untrustworthy people in the world, but they learn to put their faith in the people they meet along their way. There are plenty of anecdotes that clearly come straight from Anna herself, adding a sense of familiarity and veracity to the story. Readers will easily imagine themselves there with Anna, playing cards with the boys at the refugee camp or eating the unappetizing food. A particularly fascinating detail is the secret code involving gloves and Wuthering Heights that Anna's mother uses to identify herself to people who will help her escape. All characters appear to be white. A warm story about trust during hardship. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-13) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Which Way Is Home?
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When WWII ended, the people of Czechoslovakia hoped to be free of Nazi rule and have a fair government. While the Communists from Russia did liberate the Czechs, they went on to set up a Communist rule that oppressed the Czechs once more. For 11-year-old Anna, things were happy on her family's farm in the summer of 1948, yet life takes a drastic turn when she flees to Germany with her mother and sister in hopes of reuniting with her father. Debut author Kiely tells a story of bravery that is based on the real-life experience of her mother, Anna, who escaped Czechoslovakia in '48. Kiely turns the stories she grew up hearing into a tender narrative of courage and adventure. While the setting of a post-WWII eastern Europe is serious, the content of the novel does not contain any unpleasant scenes that indicate the danger and terror of the characters; thus, Kiely's debut is a delightfully accessible read for middle-school children.
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Which Way Is Home?
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Communists have recently taken power in post-WWII 1948 Czechoslovakia, and narrator Annas father, an outspoken critic of the new regime and an active member of the pre-war democratic government, has left the country for his safety. Eleven-year-old Anna, her older sister Ruzena, and their mother flee their village of Roven. They travel through Prague and navigate the no-mans land along the German border, finally arriving in Regensburg, Austria, to find the girls father and start a new life. Kielys gripping novel, based on her mothers life story, features a steady voice, strong pacing, and rich historical details. Annas journey takes place over just a few days, and her first-person narration pulls readers along through the tumult and intensity of emotions and events. The relationship between the sisters is particularly effective. Ruzena lords her experience and knowledge over her little sister but is herself feeling the pain of leaving home; over the course of the journey, Anna sees her sister more clearly and resents her less. Kiely skillfully provides the cultural details and historical context to help readers become fully immersed in the story, creating a strong sense of time and place (Remember when the war was finally over and the Nazis were gone and the Russian soldiers drove their trucks and tanks down the main street?...I thought they were good guys). Maeve Visser Knoth July/August 2020 p.140(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.