Overview

Kata doesn’t understand why her brother is acting so strange lately or why he hasn’t come home. Set in 1948 in Budapest, where the secret police force is questioning everyone’s loyalty and conditions seem to be worsening.
Set in 1948 in Budapest, Bear Makers is the story of one family trying to survive in post-war Hungary. When their family first returned from hiding after the war, they were glad to be alive, glad to return to their homes, and hopeful that life would improve. ...
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The Bear Makers

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Overview

Kata doesn’t understand why her brother is acting so strange lately or why he hasn’t come home. Set in 1948 in Budapest, where the secret police force is questioning everyone’s loyalty and conditions seem to be worsening.
Set in 1948 in Budapest, Bear Makers is the story of one family trying to survive in post-war Hungary. When their family first returned from hiding after the war, they were glad to be alive, glad to return to their homes, and hopeful that life would improve. But the secret police force, known as the AVO, is questioning even ordinary citizens about their loyalty to the Hungarian Workers Party. And conditions in Budapest seem to be worsening.

Eleven-year-old Kata doesn’t understand why her brother Bela is acting so strange lately or why he hasn’t come home from his recent excursion. Her father is depressed and barely able to function.. He used to be the owner of a factory, but now he is an employee whose wages continue to be cut. He refuses to become a member of the Hungarian Workers Party, which causes him no end of trouble. Along with her friend and neighbor, Eva, Kata joins the Young Pioneers, a communist youth group. She’s often torn between doing the right thing for her country and helping her family. But she diligently helps her mother sew the bears and handbags that they will sell on the black market to help ends meet. Eventually she learns that Bela has escaped to Vienna, Austria, just in time, as conditions at the border are growing increasingly dangerous. At first, Kata is angry and sad. She blames her brother for abandoning the family, but eventually she becomes hopeful that someday he will make it to America and send for her and her parents. With the help of her father, she begins studying so she will be ready when the time comes.

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Kansas State Reading Circle
Smithsonian Notable Book for Children
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
08-09 Top 40 Fiction PSLA
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012231871
  • Publisher: namelos
  • Publication date: 9/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,365,274
  • File size: 753 KB

Meet the Author

Andrea Cheng teaches English as a Second Language in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants and grew up among extended family members, many of whom survived the Holocaust. Her family spoke mostly Hungarian at home. Ms. Cheng attended Cornell University, where she studied Chinese. She is married to a Chinese American, himself the son of immigrants. She has written many books for children.
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