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In the spring of 1954, Theresa's life changes forever. She and her family emigrate ...
In the spring of 1954, Theresa's life changes forever. She and her family emigrate from a refugee camp in Austria. Their destination: Toronto, Canada. Theresa's friend Martin gives her two gifts for her journey: a package of postcards and a stone he claims will protect her from all things evil, living or dead. When she finally arrives in Canada, Theresa is afraid of everything: the other tenants in the rooming house, the rat that lives in the sunroom, learning a new language, speaking in class. But as time goes by, her natural curiosity and her active imagination help her overcome her fears-even in the middle of a hurricane.
I got in trouble yesterday. I thought about all the stories you made up, so I made up one of my own and told it to Herman-the-Pest, and now I have to stay beside my mother for a whole day. I thought it was a good story, but he thought it was scary. The funny part is that he cried again the next night because I wasn't allowed to tell him another one!
Posted September 11, 2010
Living in a refugee camp in Austria after World War II, 10-year-old Theresa longs for a place to call home. When her family is given an opportunity to move to Toronto, Canada, Theresa's friend gives her a stone that she believes will keep her safe. When she arrives in Canada, she has a hard time adjusting to her new school, new home, and new neighbors. When emotional strife over all the new things and learning a foreign language become too much for her, she turns to a kind teacher for help. Will the help be enough for her to find the courage within herself to face her greatest fears - and to finally find a place to call home? A touching story about one's power within themselves. The characters are well-developed. The story is memorable and based on the author's experiences. Readers who like fictionalized true stories, historical fiction, and books about courage and bravery will enjoy THE GNOME'S EYE.
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