Waiting for Anya

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Jo places his life in danger when he helps protect a growing number of Jewish children who have sought refuge at a reclusive widow's farm.

A village high in the mountains on the French-Spanish border seems relatively untouched by the Second World War. But Jo, falling asleep one day when he should be guarding the sheep on the mountainside, meets a stranger who brings the reality and danger of the war much closer.

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Overview

Jo places his life in danger when he helps protect a growing number of Jewish children who have sought refuge at a reclusive widow's farm.

A village high in the mountains on the French-Spanish border seems relatively untouched by the Second World War. But Jo, falling asleep one day when he should be guarding the sheep on the mountainside, meets a stranger who brings the reality and danger of the war much closer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like the acclaimed Number the Stars , this well-plotted novel features a young Gentile hero battling the Germans in their war against the Jews. As it opens, Jo is guarding the sheep when his dog alerts him to a bear; Jo warns the villagers in his small French town and they kill the hapless beast. The theme here prefigures the more tragic hunt for human prey, while the bear chase itself brings Jo into contact with Benjamin, the reclusive Widow Horcada's Jewish son-in-law, who is hiding in her mountain home. Separated from Anya, his daughter, Benjamin hides other Jewish children and leads them to safety in nearby Spain. Jo is soon enlisted, bringing supplies to the widow's house. Then the Germans encamp in Jo's village, observing everyone and sealing the Spanish border. Jo's concern for the Jews is measured against his reluctant awareness that the German occupiers are not uniformly evil--in fact, the villagers' relations with the Germans form the most distinctive element of the story. Although some key elements are historically improbable chiefly, a German officer's partial rejection of Nazi principles, the adventure of the Jews' escape into Spain is both gripping and temperate. Ages 10-14. Apr.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Accidentally discovering that Jewish children are hiding in the countryside, Michael, and then his entire French village, help them escape to Spain. A gripping, triumphant tale of courage in its many forms. (Apr. 1991)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140384314
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 683,013
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2001

    Wait and Pray

    Like the acclaimed Number the Stars , this well-plotted novel features a young Gentile hero battling the Germans in their war against the Jews. As it opens, Jo is guarding the sheep when his dog alerts him to a bear; Jo warns the villagers in his small French town and they kill the hapless beast. The theme here prefigures the more tragic hunt for human prey, while the bear chase itself brings Jo into contact with Benjamin, the reclusive Widow Horcada's Jewish son-in-law, who is hiding in her mountain home. Separated from Anya, his daughter, Benjamin hides other Jewish children and leads them to safety in nearby Spain. Jo is soon enlisted, bringing supplies to the widow's house. Then the Germans encamp in Jo's village, observing everyone and sealing the Spanish border. Jo's concern for the Jews is measured against his reluctant awareness that the German occupiers are not uniformly evil--in fact, the villagers' relations with the Germans form the most distinctive element of the story. Although some key elements are historically improbable (chiefly, a German officer's partial rejection of Nazi principles), the adventure of the Jews' escape into Spain is both gripping and temperate. Ages 10-14. (Apr.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    It's such a great book!

    this book is about jews sufferings and about real life pains, and lifes struggles it shows a human side that we all have and even germans had during world war 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    'Waiting for Anya' get four stars!

    Waiting for Anya is a great book. If you like to read about WW2 and that stuff, you will enjoy this book. SUMMARY: This book is about a young boy named Jo and how he finds a little house in the woods that hides Jewish children from the Germans. I can't tell you anymore cause that will ruin the suspense of the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    My Book Review Book title and author: Waiting for Anya By: Micha

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: Waiting for Anya By: Michael Morpurgo
    Title of review: Waiting for Anya
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    Introduction: Waiting for Anya is an attention getting novel. Once you start this amazing book you won’t be able to put it down until you’re finished! This book will get the attention of readers from ages 10-14. This book tells you about the holocaust, and will give you information about what many of the Jews did to survive this horrible time in history.

    Description and summary of content: Jo accidentally finds a man hiding in Widow Horcarda's cow shed. Jo learns, that Benjamin, is elderly Widow Horcarda's son-in-law and they are involved in a dangerous plan to save the lives of Jewish children. Benjamin was separated from his daughter, Anya, in Paris because of the war. Benjamin told her that if they parted they would reunite in the village where Widow Horcarda lives. One night, the villagers, bravely led by Jo, Benjamin, Widow Horcarda, and Jo's Grandfather, secretively guides the children through the forest into Spanish territory. But when a scared girl refuses to leave Benjamin, the plan starts to dramatically go wrong and Jo finds that helping the children over the mountain is harder than he ever imagined. Will the children reach safety in time? Will Benjamin and Anya be reunited?


    Evaluation: The writer of this book did a great job of organizing his thoughts, and I thought that this helped the reader understand the book much better. The author of this amazing book tells us many interesting things and he kept the reader’s attention. “They sat side by side , knees drawn up, eyes scanning the sky about them. They spotted birds by the score, vultures, ravens, larks, buzzards and a lone red kite that absorbed them for an hour or more, but no eagle.” This well thought out book will absolutely keep the reader’s attention!

    Conclusion: In Conclusion this was an amazing book I would recommend this book to anyone from the age of 10-14. If you were to read this book you would not to be able to put it down! In my opinion the author of this book did an amazing job! This book was so interesting that I was even wondering if there was a second part to it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    My Book Review Book title and author: Waiting for Anya By: Micha

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: Waiting for Anya By: Michael Morpurgo
    Title of review: Waiting for Anya Book Review
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    Introduction: Waiting for Anya is an attention getting novel!Once you start this amazing book you won’t be able to put it down until you’re finished! This book will get the attention of readers from ages 10-14. This book tells you about the holocaust, and will give you information about what many of the Jews did to survive this horrible time in history.

    Description and summary of content: Jo accidentally finds a man hiding in Widow Horcarda's cow shed. Jo learns, that Benjamin, is elderly Widow Horcarda's son-in-law and they are involved in a dangerous plan to save the lives of Jewish children. Benjamin was separated from his daughter, Anya, in Paris because of the war. Benjamin told her that if they parted they would reunite in the village where Widow Horcarda lives. One night, the villagers, bravely led by Jo, Benjamin, Widow Horcarda, and Jo's Grandfather, secretively guides the children through the forest into Spanish territory, but when a scared girl refuses to leave Benjamin, the plan starts to dramatically go wrong and Jo finds that helping the children over the mountain is harder than he ever imagined. Will the children reach safety in time? Will Benjamin and Anya be reunited?


    Evaluation: Plot: trying to get all of the Jewish children to Spain. Characters: Jo, Benjamin, Widow Horcarda, Jo’s grandfather, Jo’s father, Maman, The Corporal, the soldiers, Anya, and 12 Jewish Children. Setting: the setting takes place in a Greman Village called Lescun. Theme: they are trying to get all of the Jewish children over to Spain, so they can be free. Style: the style of the story is that the main charcter voice he sounds very brave, and determined to help these people.

    Conclusion: In Conclusion this was an amazing book I would recommend this book to anyone from the age of 10-14. If you were to read this book you would not to be able to put it down! In my opinion the author of this book did an amazing job! This book was so interesting that I was even wondering if there was a second part to it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

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