Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Smuggled by Christina Shea - NO

Shea, Christina Smuggled, 300 p. Grove/Atlantic, 2011.  Mature Content: R, Language: PG (5 swears, 1 ‘f’).  When she was just five years old, Eva Farkas, a Jewish girl, was smuggled from Hungary to Romania, disguised in a sack of flour.  Renamed Anca, she manages to survive in an unloving home and lives through the rise of communism, eventually making her way back to her homeland, in time to watch the fall of the Iron Curtain.  As an adult I was drawn to Shea's depiction of a life that I would never want to experience, about the choices that Anca/Eva was forced to make, the desperate need for safety that forces her to make choices that don’t involve love.  While your most mature students may be able to enjoy this, it is best in the hands of adults – a book group or such.  NO. Cindy, Library Teacher.

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