Beyond Paradise [NOOK Book]

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"How would you like to go to paradise?" asks Louise Keller's father, a Baptist minister who has accepted a position as a missionary on the small island of Panay. Fourteen-year-old Louise, a writer of poetry who chafes at small-town life, is eager for the change. But the new experiences Louise has dreamed of soon turn nightmarish: when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, the war, which had seemed so far away, rapidly threatens their island existence.

This unusual first novel is based on true accounts of the ...
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Overview

"How would you like to go to paradise?" asks Louise Keller's father, a Baptist minister who has accepted a position as a missionary on the small island of Panay. Fourteen-year-old Louise, a writer of poetry who chafes at small-town life, is eager for the change. But the new experiences Louise has dreamed of soon turn nightmarish: when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, the war, which had seemed so far away, rapidly threatens their island existence.

This unusual first novel is based on true accounts of the imprisonment of American citizens in Japanese detention camps in the Philippines during World War II.

Jane Hertenstein will donate a portion of her royalties for this book to help build houses for residents of Smokey Mountain, a large garbage dump in Manila where hundreds of people live under scraps of metal and cardboard.
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Editorial Reviews

Anne O'Malley
"How would you like to go to paradise?" Louise's minister father entreats one day. "Paradise" is the tropical island of Panay in the Philippines, where the family can move to a missionary compound. It's 1941, and Louise Keller looks forward to moving any place away from her humdrum Ohio town where life with her clergy family is tightly restricted. Adventure beckons and possibilities abound in the Pacific in the beginning months, and then World War II and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines
Copyright 1999
During WWII in the Philippines, American citizens trapped in the war zone were imprisoned for years by the Japanese, events that provide the context for Hertenstein's first novel, which focuses on one 14-year-old, Louise. Louise's minister father is captured in Manila, leaving her and her weak-willed mother to face life alone with other Baptist missionaries on an outlying island. The colony escapes into the hills for a time, but is discovered and interned in a concentration camp. Eventually they
Tim Rausch
Grade 6-9-Using firsthand accounts from survivors of Philippine internment camps, Hertenstein creates an interesting and unique story. Fourteen-year-old Jean Louise Keller, the daughter of a Baptist minister, moves from Ohio to a remote Philippine island when her father accepts a missionary position there. Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, he is separated from his wife and daughter. As the war moves closer, Louise and her mother escape to the jungle with others from their compound
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013461888
  • Publisher: Jane Hertenstein
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 104 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Hertenstein is the author of Home is Where We Live: Life at a Shelter Through a Young Girl’s Eyes (picture book), Orphan Girl: The Memoir of a Chicago Bag Lady (with Marie James), and Beyond Paradise (YA fiction). She has taught mini courses in memoir at the university level as well as seminars at Cornerstone Festival, Prairie School of Writing. Jane is listed on the Illinois Artists Roster. Roster Artists are certified by the Illinois Arts Council to work in public schools introducing young people to the arts. She lives in Chicago where she facilitates a “happening” critique group.She blogs at http://www.memoirouswrite.blogspot.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Chilling story beautifully told.

    Ms. Hartenstein writes gently, subtly, about a horrible experience: interrment in a WWII prison camp in the Phillipines. The main character's lovely poetry is sprinkled through the story, giving real contrast between the horror experienced in her life, vs. the sweetness of her inner world. A hard topic to handle for young readers, but Ms. Hartenstein does it expertly. I highly recommend it, and will look for more by this author!

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