Too young for the army, one boy takes saving the city into his own hands. The Russian city of Leningrad is darkening with winter and war, and Georgi's family prepares for the worst. His sister, Marya, packs up the great artwork at the Hermitage museum for safekeeping, and their mother tends to the wounded soldiers. But at fourteen years old, Georgi is too young to join the army, and he wonders how he can possibly help his friends and family. As the city slowly starves from lack of food and hope, Georgi knows he can help his people survive, but he must face dangers as real as the battles on the front lines.
Gloria Whelan is a poet, short story writer, and novelist best known for her children’s and young adult fiction. Whelan has been writing since childhood and was the editor of her high school newspaper. Many of her books are set in Michigan, but she also writes about faraway places based on her travels abroad. In 2000 she won the National Book Award for her young adult novel Homeless Bird. Her other works have earned places among the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults, the International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choices and Children’s Choices, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, and Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books. Whelan has also received the Mark Twain Award and the O. Henry Award. She lives in Detroit, Michigan. read more
I don't know but, given what I know of the conditions in Leningrad and Russia in general during that time period, it seems kind of unrealistic that only one character died during this story, and that character a fairly minor one. That's hardly a deal-breaker though, and Whelan is able to cover a lot of ground in this short novel, describing the suffering of the Leningraders and the adversity they faced, and the ways they fought back, without being graphic.read more
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In Burying the Sun by Gloria Whelan, the third title in the series that began with Angel on the Square, 14-year-old Georgi (the younger brother of Marya who narrated The Impossible Journey) and his family face a German invasion in the midst of WWII. Starvation, icy temperatures and death plague Leningrad, as the Russians struggle to survive. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved