Waiting for Anya

Waiting for Anya

by Michael Morpurgo
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Overview

Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo

The gripping story of a boy who risks his life to take Jewish refugees to safety during World War II.
 
A reclusive widow’s farm has become a haven for a growing band of Jewish children hiding from the Nazis. Jo knows he must keep the secret, and help out any way he can. But when German soldiers move into town, the danger suddenly becomes much more real. As Jo knows all too well, the penalty for helping these children escape is death.

"In its understated style and gentle telling of a harsh lesson, the story is reminiscent of Lois Lowry's Number the Stars." —School Library Journal

“Action-packed . . . Morpurgo’s characters rise above the two-dimensional, giving young people much to ponder in the areas of good versus evil and hero versus villain.” —The Horn Book
 
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140384314
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 492,826
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain s best-loved children s book writers. He has written more than one hundred books and has won the Smarties Book Prize, the Whitbread Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award for Private Peaceful. Michael was writer-in-residence at the Savoy Hotel from January to April 2007, and previously he was Great Britain s Children s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, a role that took him across the country to inspire a love of reading in children.

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Waiting for Anya 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!