The The Fall of the Red Star

The The Fall of the Red Star

by Helen Szablya, Peggy King Anderson, Helen M. Szablya
     
 

Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-This novel of the 1956 failed revolution of the Hungarians against the Soviets is told from the point of view of 14-year-old freedom fighter Stephen Kovary, whose father was abducted by the Security Police eight years earlier. Nightmares of that night weave through the boy's thoughts, along with hopes that his father is still alive. Stephen feels that his world has gone crazy as he makes Molotov cocktails, kills a man, saves a friend's life, delivers his sister's baby, and manages a harrowing escape through the swamps to Austria. An epilogue reveals that, like the Kovarys, 200,000 Hungarians escaped after the uprising, as did Szablya herself. Much of the book is based on her experiences. This no doubt accounts for its ring of authenticity, and for the wonderful portrayal of Stephen's wide range of emotions. The author's view is balanced, as well; the Soviet soldiers are presented as multi-dimensional and human. This is an excellent story-it is exciting and personal, and conveys a deep sense of the great gift of freedom.Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563979774
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author


Helen Szablya has won many awards, including the Jozsef Antall Memorial Medal for Outstanding Service to Hungary, and is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Hungary.

Peggy King Anderson is the author of the novels Safe at Home!, Coming Home, and First Day Blues. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.

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