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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library J BLA (Text) 33500013232178 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J BLA (Text) 33500013232186 New Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984837356
  • ISBN: 1984837354
  • Physical Description: 340 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-342).
Summary, etc.:
"On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work--Chernobyl--has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who've always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother's secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they've wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend's life? Would you risk your own?" -- Amazon.com
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    When Valentina awakes to a red sky marred by billowing blue smoke, she knows something has gone wrong in her home of Pripyat. Her worry only grows when her father doesn't return from his shift at the Chernobyl power station, the source of the otherworldly fire. But good Soviet citizens don't ask questions, her mother reminds her, a fact that goes double for children. Despite its best efforts, the government cannot conceal the magnitude of this disaster, and it begins evacuating Pripyat's residents. When the mother of Oksana—a classmate who bullies Valentina for being Jewish—is placed in quarantine, Valentina's mother sends both girls to Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother. Blankman gives her three female leads complex characters that are revealed by the shifting narration and their interactions with one another. Prejudice and abuse are combated by experience and love, which help all involved to grow. The book's dangerous atmosphere comes less from the nuclear disaster than it does from the oppressive and watchful government, adding yet another intriguing layer to this well-executed historical novel. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    When Valentina awakes to a red sky marred by billowing blue smoke, she knows something has gone wrong in her home of Pripyat. Her worry only grows when her father doesn't return from his shift at the Chernobyl power station, the source of the otherworldly fire. But good Soviet citizens don't ask questions, her mother reminds her, a fact that goes double for children. Despite its best efforts, the government cannot conceal the magnitude of this disaster, and it begins evacuating Pripyat's residents. When the mother of Oksana—a classmate who bullies Valentina for being Jewish—is placed in quarantine, Valentina's mother sends both girls to Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother. Blankman gives her three female leads complex characters that are revealed by the shifting narration and their interactions with one another. Prejudice and abuse are combated by experience and love, which help all involved to grow. The book's dangerous atmosphere comes less from the nuclear disaster than it does from the oppressive and watchful government, adding yet another intriguing layer to this well-executed historical novel. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anne Blankman has loved to write stories for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Niskayuna, New York, where she met a classmate who had survived Chernobyl and who eventually inspired Anne to write The Blackbird Girls. They are still friends to this day. Currently, Anne lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Mike, her daughter, Kirsten, and two rescue cats. For several years, she worked as a children's librarian but now she writes full-time. When she isn't writing, Anne likes to spend time with her family, read, travel, knit, and go for long runs. She loves hearing from readers, and you can visit her at anneblankman.com or @AnneBlankman.

Subject: Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers > Juvenile fiction.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986 > Juvenile fiction.
Nuclear power plants > Accidents > Ukraine > Juvenile fiction.
Saint Petersburg (Russia) > Juvenile fiction.
Ukraine > Juvenile fiction.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986 > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Secrets > Fiction.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl', Ukraine, 1986 > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl', Ukraine, 1986 > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Secrets > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction.

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