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It was really just a large open field with a big oak tree, but it had always felt like my special place. The tree was ordinary, similar in size to the famous Guernica Tree in the heart of the city, I suppose, but this one had no long history behind it. I sighed. The last seven months of his being a soldier instead of a sailor had been like living on the edge of a crumbling cliff: any moment I feared that the land I stood on would give way. The only thing I liked about school was the books. Walking up the mountainside, I clutched my sweater tighter to my chest as a cool breeze blew down the trail.
Even in late March, on a beautiful afternoon, winter had not completely released its hold on northern Spain.
I had left the concrete and the muted colors of the city behind and stepped onto a grassy patch of land. Here I could drink in the brilliance of the sky, the green and brown of the neighboring mountains, and dream and forget the world around me. I thrust my hand into my skirt pocket, and my fingers rubbed the edge of the satin pouch buried inside. A blue satin pouch made from the lining of his only suit. I grasped it and felt the small treasure it held. It was a reminder of all our days together. Kirkus Reviews , August 15, "An engrossing tale set against a compelling, seldom-seen backdrop.
Ani's story shows the multiple layers of wreckage experienced during WWII, and would be an excellent addition to any Holocaust unit.
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See All Customer Reviews. Shop Kids' Books. Add to Wishlist. USD 8. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview "In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, year-old ani unexpectedly gets drawn into a network of underground rebels working to thwart Franco's efforts to destroy the Basque people's way of life. Age Range: 10 - 14 Years. Show More. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches.
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Proven educational methods reinforce what is taught in preschool through the elementary grades. Simple instructions and delightful graphics motivate your child to master the skills. View Product. Calvin Coconut: Man Trip. Calvin and his mom's boyfriend, Ledward, are good friends. Twelve-year-old Anetxu "Ani" Largazabalaga spends her few free hours trying to recapture the idyllic times Just an insignificant twelve-year-old girl living in a war-torn country.
At least that''s what I''d been told. And, really, no one ever seemed to notice me when they walked past the school''s large courtyard.
They only saw the other girls laughing and giggling in small clusters under the building''s arches while the boys rushed out to challenge each other in a game of soccer or pelota vasca. Rarely did anyone see the quiet, friendless souls. Not really worthy of being picked on, we just came and went to school in silence.
We rarely spoke to anyone, not even each other, although I could never remember why.
I had just walked through the school''s main door when I saw Sabino, a boy from my class, waving. Immediately I turned to look back inside, certain that he must be calling someone else. Sardine Girl," he said. I forgot our ball inside. My father would say our family''s clothes carried the scent of the sea, but that was just his fancy way of saying that we reeked of fish. No wonder everything they owned, including me, smelled of fish. I propped the door open with my right foot and stared as Sabino trotted toward me.
He slowed down, and looking back at his friends, he pinched his nose. They all laughed. It wasn''t that I was surprised at being ridiculed. Usually, I just ignored it. But, on that particular day, the sun in a cloudless blue sky seemed to be signaling the arrival of spring, and I, like the weather, was ready for a change. And so, taking a deep breath, I waited until Sabino was about four feet away, and then I moved my foot. The door reverberated, and I heard the latch click shut. Glancing up, I could see a few women in the balconied apartments pulling in the day''s laundry that had been hung out to dry.
I picked up my pace when I noticed that the large clock above the Plaza de los Fueros showed that it was already five-fifteen. He could be so close--the front lines being less than twenty kilometers away--and yet the distance seemed so great.
A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez | Penguin Random House Canada
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