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Elizabeth DevereauxThe author, Annika Thor, based Stephie and Nellie's experiences on interviews she conducted with some of the 500 Jews who found refuge in Sweden as children during World War II, along with stories from her own family. She unobtrusively brings the reader into full alignment with Stephie…The first of four novels that have been widely published abroad, A Faraway Island concludes after Norway has been invaded and Stephie's parents have asked her to help get them visas to Sweden. Readers will want to know what happens next for the characters in this powerful series.
—The New York Times