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The Impossible Journey (St. Petersburg #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  443 ratings  ·  45 reviews
One Russian night in 1934, Marya and Georgi's parents disappear. Despite high risks, Katya and Misha had spoken against the government. The children, alone and desperate, fear the worst. Will they ever see their parents again?

But all it takes is one crumpled letter to give Marya and Georgi hope and send them on a dangerous mission to reunite their family. They must steal a
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ebook, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 7th 2003)
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Bronwyn
These books are awesome (both the first Angel on the Square book and this one)! I totally studied for my Russia test in 7th grade by re-reading these. And I got a really good grade too :D
Violet
February 2010 review:

Marya and her brother Georgi live with their parents in Leningrad, the used to be St. Petersburg of Russia. Communism has Russia in a tight grip, and everyone is a suspect. But Marya and her family manage to live pretty normal lives; going to school on week days, and to church on Sundays. But all that changes when Marya and Georgi’s parents are accused for taking part in the murder of Stalin and are then taken away by the Soviet Secret Police. Marya and Georgi are able to st
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Madeline Stone
Jun 12, 2009 Madeline Stone added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-12 year olds
Recommended to Madeline by: Russia Book Club
This series was a little bit below my reading level when I read it, but I still liked it. Reading these books is a great way to learn about the last days of the Czars and the takeover of the communists in Russia.
Bambi
Loved this book. Perserverance, eyes on the goal, survival. Families torn apart during Stalin's reign. Realizing good people still exist in the world, despite encounters with so many evil ones.
Cindi
Second in the series that starts with "Angel on the Square." Wonderful!

As I listen to this on CD, I re-realize that Gloria Whelan is my definite favorite children's author!!
Magda
I couldn't say whether this was believable or unbelievable. It was certainly enjoyable, and I went and got two more in the series the next time I went to the library.
Audrey
This book continues the stories of the two main characters of the last book ( I am still wondering if Misha and Katya really were cousins). I like that continuity aspect, even though the narrative focus now shifts to their two children. It's incredible to consider these two books side by side and realize all that this generation went through.

The majority of the book details the survival of thirteen-year-old Marya and her seven-year-old brother Georgi as they set out across Siberia to find their
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Michelle Isenhoff
“Comrade Sergei Kirov was killed on the first day of December. That same night my parents disappeared.”

It is 1934 and Kirov was the man competing with Joseph Stalin for control of Russia’s Communist Party. Stalin wanted no competition. So Kirov was conveniently assassinated, and in the name of justice hundreds, perhaps thousands of arrests were made, even thought the killer was already in custody. Those “suspects” weren’t really suspected in the murder at all. They were simply too outspoken agai
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Don Weidinger
1934 St. Petersburg, rush to do little planning, Stalin stole land forced to state farm, teachers were aristocrats and enemies of people per Stalin, 4 girls executed for opposing revolution, Stalin Lenin as cat with smile, truth in paper produced angry response, pledge to uphold ideas of revolution or parents turned in by children via schools, no difference if innocent, the same people who tore children from parents want us to betray husband from wife and then say not good to break up family, fo ...more
Beth
Whelan revisits the Russian Revolution in this tale of two children who undertake a journey across Russia to Siberia to be reunited with their parents who are arrested following a 1934 rebellion. Resourceful artistic Marya and her demanding young brother Georgi fend for themselves against corrupt adults including neighbors and acquaintances, but also find friends in unlikely places, including a tribe of indigenous peoples who herd reindeer. The underlying message of hope and freedom make the lar ...more
Marianne
Two children named Marya and Georgi suddenly find themselves alone after their parent's disappear. When Marya finds out where her Mother have been sent she wastes no time. Marya is in Russia and her Mother is is Sibira and has no idea where her father is. Her and her brother Georgi set to work at getting to Siberia. Many kind people help them along the way and the walk many miles. They ride on a train, on boats, and even Reindeer! They make friends with the natives. With the help of many they ma ...more
Sally
In the difficult years of the 1930's in Russia, the parents of two young children are taken to prison for disagreeing with those in charge and are then sent to Siberia and a coal mining camp. Marya is 13 and Georgi is 6 want to get to their mother who is in Siberia with a 3 year term. The children at least know where she is and want to get to her so Marya works out a plan that will take them from Leningrad to Siberia. If they walk--which is her plan--it will take them the full 3 months of summer ...more
Linda Lipko
This YA book is a the companion novel to Angel on the Square. It is snapshot of Russia in 1934 when fear and brutality ruled by the iron fist of Josef Stalin.

When her parents were taken in the night by the secret police, Marya knows this means they may never return. Learning that her mother was exiled to Sibera and her father was taken to be worked to death in the mines, Marya bravely takes her young brother on a walking journey from Leningrad to Siberia in search of their parents.

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Albert
This was a book that I just picked from the shelf semi-randomly...and it was great! The story of Marya and Georgi trying to reunite with their mother, captivates you and you really feel what they're feeling, devastation. It's a great book and it's part of a series so it's even better.
Awilma Acosta
One night in 1934, Marya and Georgi's(two little kids who used to play a lot in the mud) parents disappeared. Even though there were a lot of hardships, Katya and Misha(Marya and Georgi's parents) had spoken against the government. Both kids, alone and scared,
feared the worst. But all it takes is one crumpled letter to give Marya and Georgi hope and send them on a dangerous mission to unite once again with their family. They must steal away in the dark of night, escape the city, and find passa
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Jules Brugel
The second installment of Gloria Whelan's St. Petersburg series is so sad and touching. So good.
Martha Valasek
the story kept my interest all the way through, now I want to read all of her historical fiction
Naomi Kenorak
The series is so engaging that you hardly realize how much you are learning about Russian history in the process. The second book, The Impossible Journey, finds the little girl in Angel on the Square all grown up, with 2 children of her own. When she and her husband are sent into exile in Siberia, the children determine to make the thousand-mile trek across Russia to find their parents. While the plot may lack some realism, the depiction of life under Stalin and the details of the trek and the c ...more
Molly
Although this is a companion to Angel on the Square, it is certainly not entirely necessary to read that one first. However, Angel on the Square is an excellent novel also so no reason not to read that one as well. In The Impossible Journey, Marya and her little brother Georgi must journey 1,000 miles to find their mother who has been exiled to Siberia. Their hope and courage show thtoughout the book as they push on towards their destination.
Dianne
currently listening to on audio and loving it!
Do I believe children who's parents were arrested and sent to prison or to Siberia really run away from their "guardian" to search for their parents? The book was believeable and full of adventure and redemption as well as sadness (it was,of course, a sad, tragic time for the people living under Stalin's rule).
A wonderful story. Loved listening to it.
Shelley
I think this would be a good one for older-elementary age girls. I can see myself liking this at that age. The main character is that age and undertakes a cross-country journey in communist Russia with her little brother in tow to find her parents in Siberia. The adventure and independence would have appealed to me at that age! FYI, this is a sequel to another excellent book.
Natalie
Dec 02, 2009 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Natalie by: no one
I liked this. It was sad that their parents got arrested, and a little girl had to take care of her little brother. They decide they need to find their parents. They are off on a long journey. On their journey they meet so many kind people! Maybe after all there are nice people in Russia. The encountered so many mean people before their journey. The setting is in Russia.
Anajoy-rusticgirl
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Dawn Roberts
This is a sequel to Angel on the Square, which I loved. I hoped it would pick up where Angel left off, following the main characters through post-revolution Russia. Instead, this one picks up with their children in 1934, when the parents get exiled by Stalin to Siberia. Still a good story, and an interesting perspective of Russia. Now on to #3, Burying the Sun.
Amy Edwards
My 9-year-old daughter & I are reading this together. It's a wonderful story of a girl coming of age and learning what the world is about and what she is truly capable of accomplishing. It also gave my daughter and me a great perspective on what people in countries that are not free experience and an appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in this country.
Colette
I would give this a 3.5. I think these books are very interesting, and I really like the setting because I haven't read a lot about Russia. I think I would have given this 5 stars when I was about 10. I will be suggesting this to my daughters in the future.
Mimi
Like Magda, I was skeptical of the storyline, but I enjoyed the adventure and thought it was a solid entry in the series.
Heidi
This story is basically a kids' version of The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz. It is fictional but reminded me very much of that book (maybe because I was reading it at the same time we read this...).
Chey
Jan 10, 2008 Chey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chey by: 6th -8th
I loved this book and the love of a family with the will to survive.Set in the time of Russian history we pray never repeats itself.great book
Ali
My family listened to this on tape on our drive to Montana. It was absolutly amazing and captured the attention of the whole family.
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Gloria Whelan is the best-selling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Friutlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square and its companion, The Impossible Journey; Once on this Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell to the Island; and Return to the Island. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods ...more
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