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The Lily Pond

(En ö i havet #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, The Lily Pond continues the story of two Jewish sisters who left Austria during WWII/Holocaust and found refuge in Sweden.

A year after Stephie Steiner and her younger sister, Nellie, left Nazi-occupied Vienna, Stephie has finally adapted to life on the rugged Swedish island where she now lives. But
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1996)
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Robyn Markow I know! I want to know what happens to Stephie & Nellie! & if their parents get out of Austria before it's too late. Maybe the publisher…moreI know! I want to know what happens to Stephie & Nellie! & if their parents get out of Austria before it's too late. Maybe the publisher thought not enough young people(& adults since yes,I'm an adult sometimes reads YA Fiction) The books themselves aren't that long so I hope that eventually the last two are translated into English.(less)

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Lisa Vegan
I thought I might not like these books past the first book. But I liked this one just as much. I really enjoyed it. I plan to read book 3 soon as I am eager to find out what happens next. Book 4 looks available in English as a Kindle edition but I’m not sure it’s available in any other format. I hope that there is some way I’ll be able to read it if I want to continue on past book 3.

This book could work as a standalone but I highly recommend reading book 1 before reading this book. I know I woul
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stephanie goes to the mainland to attend grammar school. Her younger sister Nellie remains on the island. Stephanie lives with the doctor's family who visited on the island, but she's not really treated as a family member, taking her meals in the kitchen. She's glad the other two girls from the island are in the other class. Stephanie has a crush on Sven, the son in the family with whom she resides. She befriends a girl from a poor family. Sven takes Stephanie on a tour around town, showing her ...more
It's been a year since Stephie Steiner arrived in Sweden. She has finally learned to love the island and her foster parents. Now she's about to embark on a new adventure-grammar school in the city of Göteborg. Stephie is excited but nervous. She can't wait to see her friend Sven again and talk about literature and things. Stephie will be living with Sven and his family while in Göteborg. All is not as it seems however. Stephie isn't treated like a member of the family, some of the teachers are t ...more
Mikayla Lynn
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great Book! It's really a peek into the past of how something as simple as what you looked like and believed could get you different and sometimes very harsh treatment. Stephanie (main character) is one of those characters that as you read the book you feel like you are that person. Stephanie is a refuge. She is 13 and is a very good student. At the end she got a letter from Papa and Mama that said that she was forced to grow up too fast and to take care of her little sister Nellie and although ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A quick, fast read. However, I am sad to learn that this series was originally written in German and the next two books have not been translated. Sigh.
Deryn KongE2
The Lily Pond by Annika Thor is based on World War 2. It has a lot in common with ALWTW by Linda Sue Park. In the Lily Pond the main character Stephanie Steiner left her family, because of Nazi-occupied in Vienna, and she had to adapt to her new life in a Swedish island with her aunt. On the other hand Salva, the main character in the ALWTW, also got separated from his family, because of war. Another evidence is, Stephanie had a lot hope when her parents mailed a letter for her, and said that th ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
1. Text-to-text. This intermediate book surprisingly made me think about how the views are reflected in the United States. This historical fiction book focuses on the life of Stephie as a refugee during World War II in Sweden. I think the view some of the Swedish people took toward the refugees reminds me a lot of the views people in America have towards the refugees and immigrants that are coming to seek asylum here, or for better opportunities. In fact, the TED talk we watched about the single ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audience: Intermediate

Appeal: If someone likes Diary of Anne Frank, they may find this book enjoyable. This tells the story of 2 girls who are sent away to live with foster parents to get away from the effects of World War II. This would be a good piggy-back book for a unit of WWII.

Award: Sydney Taylor Book Award
I read this book and the one before it, A Faraway Island, several years ago. I loved the first one, but if I recall the main character's personality was completely changed in The Lily Pond. Still a decent read for its level, but the first one is better and perfectly acceptable as a standalone.
Katya A
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is for visual response.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story, but a few things bothered me.
Stephanie never stands up for herself. Even over stupid things, she just takes whatever it is. Which makes it pretty unbelievable when she (view spoiler)
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading book two of this series. I must admit that I was disappointed in the way it ended, wanting a little more resolution, but I suppose that will happen in the next two books. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find them through my library, so I might have to be done with this story. Disappoinring.
Donna Dobihal Smith
An engrossing second installment in the series, this story stands alone although those who have read the first will have a more in depth understanding of the young protagonist's background from the start. I loved this one even more than the first: interesting characters, complicated relationships, a plot that moves along nicely toward the satisfying ending.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting story but the main character, Stephie, sure makes bad choices and is starting to annoy me.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Some great aspects, but some frustrating parts as well.
Bregje (B a Reader)
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Eventhough this book is technichally the second book in a series, it can be read seperately. I have not read the first book and this did not lead to any confusion. I read this book for the fist time when I was about twelve and I remember thinking it a very good book, so I was interested to revisit the story and to see if I still felt the same way. I do enjoy reading some childrens stories, but I don't always feel like I'm really submerged in the s
Jenifer Neilsen
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Historical fiction
Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book 2012

The Lily Pond is the 2nd book in a series of 4. A year after Stephie Steiner and her younger sister, Nellie, left Nazi-occupied Vienna without their parents, Stephie has finally adapted to life on the old, rugged Swedish island where she now lives. Her life continues to change as her foster parents have allowed her to attend grammar school on the mainland, in Goteberg. Stephie is excited to go as she will be purs
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love how this author is developing the protagonist and the wide range of characters who matter to her, within this book series. The romantic feelings described/revealed in this stage of the storyline are remarkably accurate for a YA of Steffie's age, development, and character. I went through a somewhat similar experience at precisely the same stage in my own development and learned later just how common it is, especially for gifted girls (who are, intellectually and emotionally, way beyond th ...more
Sarah Rosenberger
After being sent away from Nazi-occupied Austria to live with foster parents on a small island in Sweden, 13-year-old Stephie wins a scholarship to a grammar school in a nearby Swedish city, and has to leave her foster parents behind.

When she moves in with the family she will be staying with, she quickly finds that although Mr. and Mrs. Soderberg will provide her with food and a room, they do not consider her to be part of the family. Their 17-year-old son Sven is a different matter though, and
Julie Feldman
Text-to-Text Reflection: Annika Thor's book, The Lily Pond immediately reminded me of the juvenile fiction book, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This was one of my favorite historical fiction books I read in elementary school. Both books are set during World War II. In Number the Stars Ellen Rosen lives in Copenhagen and goes to stay with a non-Jewish family to stay safe from the Germans. In The Lily Pond, Stephie leaves her mother and father in Vienna to stay in neutral Sweden. Both characters ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Just finished listening to this audio version as we continue our journey home from our summer vacation. This very young adult story deals with a 13 year old Jewish girl sent to live in Sweden by her parents during WWII. Stephenie has aspirations to be A doctor like her father. Since Sweden has offered asylum to Jewish children, kids like Stephenie are being sent to live with strangers to continue their educations in relative safety. Stephenie and her sister are sent to a fishing village on a isl ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the four part series of books, about two Jewish girls from Austria. They were sent to live with families on an island in Sweden. This book takes Stephanie to a larger city to go to school. She lives with a family, and falls in love with the son, who is five years older. She receives letters from her parents, who are trying to leave Austria. The last letter tells of her mother trying to recover from pneumonia, and the rumor, that the Germans are planning to move all the Jews ...more
I liked this one better than I expected to. The previous title kind of lacked something (I wondered if it suffered in translation), so I wasn't terribly excited about this one. I listened to the audio version, which may have improved my view of the book. I certainly found it more interesting than A Faraway Island. Stephie has so much drama in this book, mostly because she is 13 and makes some stupid decisions (boy drama, in particular) but also because of prejudice and a lack of understanding by ...more
April Helms
This is a sequel to A Faraway Island. Stephie and her younger sister Nellie has adapted to life on a Swedish island to escape the dangers of Nazi-occupied Vienna. But Stephie, now 13, is leaving the island for the mainland to go to school, a chance given to her thanks to a scholarship and an arrangement with the Soderbergs, the family who stayed on the island during the summer as temporary lodgers, to allow Stephie to stay at their residence. Stephie is thrilled at the chance to attend school an ...more
Brenda A.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second of the series by Annika Thor, on the journey and lives of these two sisters Stephanie and Nellie who are from Vienna who had to leave their parents and old life behind to begin a new one separated and learn a different language and culture. The book continues on how Stephanie now has to leave her foster home to continue her schooling she lives with a family and falls in love with the family's son. He is older but then she is heartbroken, she has grown up a lot and had to matur ...more
Stephanie Mixon
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie has been living with Aunt Marta on the island since she evacuated Vienna due to WWII, until she makes the decision to further her education in Goteborg by attending a grammar school.
Stephie is exposed to discrimination, worldly temptations, and first love. When confronted with an accusation of cheating on her school work Stephie has enough.

This book can be used in the classroom to share literature about the effects of WWII. This can be a book to show effects of people’s views and how
Sequel to A Faraway Island, yet it would stand just fine on its own. It continues the story of the Steiner sisters, Austrian Jews sent to Sweden for safety during World War II. This volume focuses more on Stephie, now 13, who leaves the island off the Swedish coast to attend school in the city of Goteborg. Though she lives with the doctor's family that vacationed on Sophie's island last year, Stephanie is expected to eat meals with the housekeeper, instead of the family. At school, Stephanie lon ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life in Sweden is challenging for a pair of young sisters as they wait for word that their parents have finally escaped from Vienna, Austria as the Nazis rise in power. There is school to adjust to, teacher prejudice and mistrust, and the beginnings of young love. Told from the perspective of Stephie, we experience the ups and downs and the joys and the humiliation. We also follow the twists and turns of friendships and the kindness of family and friends. This is a thoughtful read... good for gi ...more
Stephanie and Nellie Steiner have been Jewish refugees in Sweden for over a year now. Stephanie has finally grown accustomed to her new life in a strange land. She has become quite the student, having won a scholarship to a well-respected grammar school on the mainland. She will be boarding with friends of her foster parents. Stephanie is especially excited about being able to spend time with Sven, the son of her boarding house hosts. But will Stephanie's romantic feelings towards him be returne ...more
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Annika Thor grew up in a Jewish family in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the 1950s and 60s. She started work as a librarian and then went on to work as a film and television critic, and finally dedicated herself to writing books, plays, and screenplays for young people. She is one of Sweden’s best known authors for young people. Her books have been translated into many languages and have won many prizes.

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En ö i havet (4 books)
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  • Havets djup (En ö i havet, #3)
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