Smiling For Strangers by Gaye Hicyilmaz

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Nina searches for a new beginning

When her hiding place is no longer safe, twelve-year-old Nina Topic has no choice. If she is to survive the war, she must escape ravaged Sarajevo altogether. Believing that all her family and friends are now dead, Nina has one hope left - that a mysterious former acquaintance of her mother's who lives in far-off England will be willing to help. As a stowaway aboard a truck in an aid convoy, Nina begins the dangerous journey away from her homeland, a journey on which she must learn how to rely on strangers she wouldn't otherwise trust, in order to have a chance of putting the past behind her and starting a new life.


About Gaye Hicyilmaz

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Gaye Hicyilmaz is the author of four previous novels for young readers, including The Frozen Waterfall, winner of the Janusz Korczak Literary Award. She lives in Canterbury, England.
Published April 24, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 160 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For example, Nina's grandfather scatters objects along the path to their hideout so that visitors will make enough noise stumbling to alert them to possible danger.

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The soldiers leave only after fatally wounding Nina's grandfather and cousin, and Nina, following her grandfather's instructions, sets out alone for England and a previously unknown friend of her mother's.

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