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3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  128 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
You should never hope for a miracle, for then you might count on it really happening.

In the two years Halinka has spent in a home for girls, she has learned not to hope for anything, and to hold tightly to what she has. But all Halinka has is herself, a blanket from her beloved Aunt Lou, and a secret notebook where she holds her sayings.

Just as she is losing hope of ever
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1995)
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A sad, sweet tale of a lonely girl (I don't remember them mentioning her age, but I'd guess eleven or so) in an orphanage. Although the story is set in Germany in the early 1950s, it could come from just about any time or place.

Halinka's attempts to stay strong and find some joy in her Spartan existence ring true. At first she stays aloof from everyone, keeping her thoughts and inside her head and sharing them only with her secret book and a beloved aunt whom she occasionally visits. Eventually,
Mar 06, 2014 Jess rated it liked it
Halinka-Mirjam Pressler
Wonderful book about a girl at a foster home in Germany after the war (1950’s?) . The character, Halinka, is a very thoughtful, cautious girl who’s only wish is to have the chance to live with her beloved aunt.
As I mentioned before, Halinka is a very cautious girl, and at the beginning of the book, she only confides in her “Sayings Book” where she writes a saying down to link to a memory. This is her way to prevent the girls in her dorm from accessing her journal and read
Nina Mielke
Jul 07, 2008 Nina Mielke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dies ist die Geschichte von Halinka und ihrem Tagebuch. Doch in das Tagebuch schreibt Halinka nur Weisheiten. Niemand darf wissen, an was sie sich erinnert, wenn sie diese Weisheiten liest nur sie und vielleicht Tante Lou. Die Gefahr ist groß, dass jemand Halinkas Tagebuch findet, denn die 12jährige lebt mit vielen anderen Mädchen in einem Heim. Lange versucht sie, keine Freundschaften zu anderen Mädchen aufzubauen. Sie möchte zu niemandem Vertrauen fassen Doch dann kommt alles anders
M. Pressler
Mar 28, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine berührende Geschichte. Und um ganz darin einzutauchen, muss man selber wieder etwas zum Kind werden. Unsere verschlossene, mutige Protagonistin ging mir niemals auf die Nerven. Die Weisheiten, die sie sich teils selber ausdenkt, die größtenteils aber von ihrer Tante stammen, klingen nicht altklug oder unpassend; Halinka und die anderen Heimkinder werden glaubwürdig dargestellt. Kinder, die Anfang der 50iger in einem Heim (vermutlich in Mannheim) leben.

Meine Befürchtung war, dass die Geschi
Nov 22, 2011 Melainebooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'histoire d'Halinka n'est pas simple : sa mère polonaise l'a abandonnée et elle voit de temps en temps sa tante Lou avec qui elle espère vivre.
Heureusement, elle se fait une amie, Renate,et le récit est basé sur cette amitié.
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I really loved this book because first of all, historical fiction is a genre that I don't really read but this book really interested me. It's about a girl named Halinka and her struggle living in a home for girls. I rate this book 4 stars.
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German writer Mirjam Pressler is the author of several novels that have won awards in her native Germany and also received high praise from critics after being translated into English. In Malka and Halinka Pressler focuses on young Jewish protagonists who have been forced by fate to endure the Holocaust, while in Shylock's Daughter she returns readers to fifteenth-century Italy as she attempts to ...more
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