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Shurik: A Story of the Siege of Leningrad

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A nurse finds hope, love, and renewal in an orphaned boy, Shurik.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Lyons and Burford Publishers (first published 1970)
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Wendi
Aug 18, 2010 Wendi rated it it was amazing
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I didn't want this book to end. The characters were alive and real through the utilization of all the senses and efficient words. My knowledge of The Siege of Leningrad and the history surrounding WW2 is limited and this book presented a good opportunity to get a glimpse. The author must possess a beautiful soul; she found the blessing in the darkness and shared it with us. It is a love story that I cherish. I hope everyone will read "Shurik."

The author lived through the 900 days. She served Len
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K.
Feb 28, 2016 K. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parties interested in WWII, what happened in Russia
Recommended to K. by: Utah J.
My 13 yo was assigned to read this for an online WWII class this term. I was intrigued. I've never read anything about what happened in Russia during WWII.

This book was written for the YA crowd so it wasn't too graphic or horrifying (circumstances, yes, but overall feel, no). The author wrote another book for adults on the 900 day siege of Leningrad that might be more terrifying in detail, maybe? I would say this book is suitable probably for the over 12 crowd who aren't prone to panic attacks
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Betty
Jun 30, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it
This is the autobiography of Kyra Petrovskaya, a Russian actress, who reveals the early details of her life with a focus on the Siege of Leningrad. The story intrigues me because you follow a series of events which take the Russians from a near European lifestyle to and through the German invasion of Russia. It is like a "you were there" look at the siege of a city. In the sequel, Shurik, she goes into more detail of the siege, the starvation, the forced labor, the shortages, the horrific ...more
Judy
Jan 28, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the story of a young boy during the German siege of Leningrad during World War II. The city was surrounded for 900 days and the people dropped dead on the streets from starvation. Even leather belts and briefcases were boiled and eaten. Precious books were used as firewood. In 2000 we visited the city and saw the museum that honors the people of that time. A sample bread ration was displayed that looked about the size of a stick of butter. During this time experts were trying to save the ...more
Alicia
Jul 12, 2012 Alicia rated it it was ok
This true story gave a very interesting first-hand account of the siege of Leningrad during WWII. The highly-descriptive narrative and style did not gel with my personal taste. Characters felt two-dimensional. I desired a brief epilogue to follow-up with Shurik, Kyra and/or the people of Leningrad as a whole after the siege ended. Half of the book takes place apart from Shurik's story, so the title really should have been Kyra, not Shurik.
K.N.
The author lets her readers know from the beginning that she and Shurik lost touch after the war, and that's all I could think about as I finished this book. It made the ending even sadder.

This was very eye-opening for what the people of Leningrad endured during the siege, and it was also a great story about a remarkable (and remarkably lucky) boy. It was also very steeped with Russian culture and morals, which were fascinating.
K (Karen)
Sep 05, 2014 K (Karen) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first edition of this real-life story about the siege of Leningrad 30+ years ago and it really opened my world view. While I found it in my 6th grade classroom, it could be unsettling to some kids who aren't aware of the realities of war, especially to civilians. It made enough of an impact that I thought a reread was in order.
Sally
Jul 03, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sally by: Mom
My mom attended an author discussion of this book many, many years ago, when I was in junior high school. She purchased a copy for me and had it autographed by the author. And so begins my obsession with owning autographed books!
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