Two Suns in the Sky by Miriam Bat-Ami

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This poignant historical novel about two teenagers from different worlds centers on a little-known event on the World War II homefront. To Adam Bornstein, a 15-year-old Jewish Yugoslavian, World War II has meant constant danger, secrecy, and fear. But when Rome is liberated in June 1944, Adam, along with his mother and sister, is given the chance to escape war-ravaged Italy for the safety of upstate New York. To 14-year-old Christine Cook the war symbolizes all the drama and excitement missing in her own humdrum world of Oswego, NY. When a refugee camp is established near her home, she finds herself drawn to the residents whose pasts are so different from her own. There Christine meets Adam, and the attraction between the two is instant and overpowering. But their parents don't approve, and their objections grow more pronounced as the romance develops. Christine and Adam are brought together by a world at war, but the struggle that threatens to tear them apart lies within their own families. Will their love for each other prevail over the narrow-mindedness of the adults around them?
 

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Published November 12, 2001 by Puffin. 208 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction

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Despite the barbed-wire fences and the guards, Adam enjoys a romance with an Oswego girl, Christine Cook, who, to be with Adam, surmounts barriers of her own, namely, the prejudices of her father and the warnings of her priest ""to keep the purity of focus of your faith."" Adam and Chris take tur...

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"Bat-Ami realistically frames questions about tolerance and its absence," said PW of this novel set in 1944 Oswego, N.Y., where America's only refugee camp is set up to accommodate Jews fleeing Europe.

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