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This exquisite novel by one of Germany's most honored children's book authors is about an orphan girl's secrets and fantasies, her dreams and lies, her enemies and friends. It is about the walls we build to protect ourselves when life is all pain, and about what happens when good fortune comes and we finally invite it in to stay.

For Halinka, all politics and history--even...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (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,...more
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...more
Nina Mielke
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. Pr...more
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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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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