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Children's LiteratureIt is 1909 and Mariam, Marta, and Onnig are orphaned when their parents are killed during the Adana massacre. All of the Armenians they were traveling with have been killed. The children hope that their relatives in Marash are still alive, but the only way to find out is to go there. With their young friend Kevork and his aunt, they manage to make the difficult journey. They find that the situation in Marash is only marginally better for Armenian people. Still, they are able to eke out a relatively peaceful existence for six growing-up years. Then the children's lives are shattered once more as they face renewed violence. Will they ever be reunited? Will they even survive? In this story, Skrypuch revisits and expands those characters and situations of the Armenian Genocide which were part of her earlier novel, The Hunger. The brutality of that appalling event is made real through the circumstances of these engaging characters. Readers are sure to be both enlightened and outraged as they are drawn into the situation of this strong-willed family. 2003, Boardwalk/Dundurn, Ages 13 up.
—Heidi Hauser Green