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When the Armenians of Turkey are marched into the desert to die in 1915, Mariam is rescued by her Turkish friend Rustem, and lives with mixed acceptance as a guest in his father's harem. Kevork is shot and left for dead in a mass grave in the desert, but is rescued by nomadic Arabs and nurtured back to health.

Both teens must choose between the security of an adopted home o
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2003)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story describes what happens to Mariam and her family and Kevork and his aunt as they try to survive the massacre of the Armenians in Turkey before and during World War I. Not much has been written for children and young adults on this subject,
yet many of the survivors came to the U.S. and Canada to start new lives. The author states in the acknowledgements that she interviewed survivors as part of her research for this book; events depicted in the book actually happened to real people. The
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Dec 07, 2010 Elaine Clyne rated it it was amazing
Heart wrenching and thought provoking!
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May 27, 2014 Bea rated it really liked it
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch writes a fictional tragic novel called Nobodys Child. This suspenseful story talks about the rivalry between the Turkish and Armenian people. A young Armenian girl, Miriam, takes full responsibility upon the care of her younger siblings due to the death of her parents because of the war the Turks had with the Armenians. The orphans wander the streets looking for shelter and happiness. When the war ends, they eventually come across an orphanage center with welcoming arms a ...more
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May 19, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it
Prequel to "Daughter of War" about the Armenian massacres in Turkey prior to and during WWI. Brutal subject matter, masterfully written. I had no idea.
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I averaged my feelings to get a rating for this book. While I was reading, my opinion rose from three stars to four, then fell to two at the end due to unresolved plot threads. As a middle novel, it can stand without its predecessor, but not without its sequel. If you have Daughter of War on hand you might not mind the ending as much as I did. I should also note that the official Goodreads blurb describes events that don't happen until three quarters of the way through the book – the story start ...more
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Marsha has received numerous awards and honours for her picture books and young adult novels, including a nomination for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year in 2007. Marsha has penned the bestselling Dear Canada book, Prisoners in the Promised Land.

In 2008, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha by the Ukranian President, in recognition of her story, Enough, which described th
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