Manya's Story: Faith and Survival in Revolutionary Russia

Manya's Story: Faith and Survival in Revolutionary Russia

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by Bettyanne Gray

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Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
A gripping and unusually detailed account of the raw horrors suffered by the author's mother's family between 1917 and 1921, this book weaves history seamlessly into the tale. Caught between Russian Red Bolsheviks, White Russians, Ukrainians and the German Army, Jewish families fortunate enough to survive at all escaped at the price of lives permanently scarred by unspeakable, clearly described atrocities. The reader cannot avoid the stark contrast between 21-year-old Manya's pleasant life as a well-to-do young woman concerned with boyfriends and silk gowns and that of a desperate refugee, fleeing with nothing but infant in arms and wild-eyed terror. Miraculously reunited with her husband after nearly losing her son to a severe head injury and then to an avaricious smuggler, Manya eventually arrives in the United States and carves out a new life. But she doesn't shield her children from her terrible story and supports charitable endeavors as a remembrance to those who were swept away for no reason other than having been born Jews. 1995, (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A riveting saga of the author's parents' harrowing escape from the Ukraine during the Russian Revolution. Ukrainian Jews were caught in the middle of the struggle for power between three forces: the Bolshevik Red Army, the anti-Bolshevik White Army, and the forces fighting for Ukrainian independence. The clearly written, vivid, chronological account provides a good balance between political background and personal story. There are graphic descriptions of the indignities inflicted on individual family members, which add to the power of the narrative. Many books concern Hitler's time of persecution, but Manya's Story demonstrates that the severe oppression of Jews had begun many years before. The short length and glossary of Yiddish and Hebrew terms make it accessible. This new edition (the first was published by Lerner in 1978) is the same as the old except for the addition of black-and-white photographs of family members, a list of Gray's relations who survived, and an updated prologue. A compelling, poignant account that readers won't be able to put down until the end.-Sandra L. Doggett, Urbana High School, Walkersville, MD

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Lerner Publishing Group
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6.28(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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Manya's Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel captures the affairs of the author's family during the Russian Revolution. It is a very detailed account on how her family handled everything that was going on around them. It tells about how a family must stick together to get through tough times, if they want to get through them. Although this book does not have a lot of 'history' in it, it shows what it was like then, and it is a great book.