Marika by Andrea Cheng

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As a young girl in Budapest in the 1930s, Marika dreams of growing up to be a scientist or maybe an explorer. An older brother who never tells her anything, a beloved rag doll, an embarrassing mother, school, friends--Marika's life revolves around ordinary things until her father decides to build a wall in their home, creating separate living quarters for himself. Why can't they live together, like her friend Zsofi's family?
Then, when Marika is fifteen, the Germans occupy Budapest, and war surrounds her. Her ordinary life disintegrates as her friends and family separate. Forced into hiding, Marika begins to understand the fragility and strength of the bonds among family and friends, and gradually she comes to terms with her shattered world.

About Andrea Cheng

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ANDREA CHENG has written several picture books as well as middle grade and young adult novels. She hopes Only One Year will help readers understand the role different cultural customs play in the ways loving families raise their children.
Published September 9, 2009 by namelos. 153 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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As years go by and WWII progresses, Marika loses her confusion—everything from war to family dynamics becomes painfully clear—but not her sparely written vulnerability.

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While Apa and his brother anxiously track Hitler's rise in faraway Germany (and take measures to protect themselves), Marika reports on more personal indications of unrest—among them, her changing status at school, where kids start whispering that she shouldn't be attending mass, and the bullying...

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