|Publisher:||Orca Book Publishers|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||525 KB|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
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I got in trouble yesterday. I thought about all the stories you made up, so I made up one of my own and told it to Herman-the-Pest, and now I have to stay beside my mother for a whole day. I thought it was a good story, but he thought it was scary. The funny part is that he cried again the next night because I wasn't allowed to tell him another one!
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Living in a refugee camp in Austria after World War II, 10-year-old Theresa longs for a place to call home. When her family is given an opportunity to move to Toronto, Canada, Theresa's friend gives her a stone that she believes will keep her safe. When she arrives in Canada, she has a hard time adjusting to her new school, new home, and new neighbors. When emotional strife over all the new things and learning a foreign language become too much for her, she turns to a kind teacher for help. Will the help be enough for her to find the courage within herself to face her greatest fears - and to finally find a place to call home? A touching story about one's power within themselves. The characters are well-developed. The story is memorable and based on the author's experiences. Readers who like fictionalized true stories, historical fiction, and books about courage and bravery will enjoy THE GNOME'S EYE.
Character I have chosen the main character, Teresa. Teresa is a 12 year old German girl who has red hair, just like her father :). She is a young girl who has just moved to Canada from Germany. She speaks no English, but slowly in school she is learning. The story shows that she is an extremely shy girl and is always afraid, because on the way to Canada she's afraid of being alone in her room and afraid even in her own house alone! There are many new things in Canada that frighten her, that she feels she can't handle, also. She often sees the accomplishments and bravery of others, like her parents when they must find work or when people at school talk in front of the class, but forgets about all the brave things she's doing. In the end with the help of a "gnome's eye", from her best friend in Germany, she conquers all of her fears, like talking in English during class or being in the house alone and learns that courage has always been inside of her.