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City of Fate

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Imagine your home is bombed one Sunday afternoon by a horde of enemy planes. Imagine your family has gone and you are left behind. This is the fate of five-year-old Peter and two teenagers Yuri and Tanya.

Imagine being ordered to leave school to fight the terrifying Nazis in WWII. Imagine you are right in the middle of a battle; it’s you or them – you have no choice. This i
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 17th 2014 by The O'Brien Press
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Margaret Madden
The battle of Stalingrad is the setting for this Children's/ YA novel by Irish author, Nicola Pierce. We have all read the familiar accounts of children's experiences in WW2 but these stories tend to based around Germany and the Nazis. This book looks at the effects of war on the children and families of Russia. Peter is found wandering the streets, orphaned and afraid. Yuri has lost his family also, and takes Peter under his wing. They spend their time hiding from the Germans and searching for ...more
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Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Sometimes children’s fiction can be entertaining. Sometimes it can be thrilling and gripping. Sometimes it can be thought provoking and challenging. Sometimes it can be realistic and educational. And sometimes (but rarely), it can be all these things together. City of Fate is one of those books.

First Line of City of Fate:

“It was 23 August 1942, about four o’clock on a typical Sunday afternoon.”

My Thoughts on City of Fate.

This book is aimed at children from 10 upwards and as an adult I t
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
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A review copy was provided by The O'Brien Press in return for an honest review.

If you read the blog regularly you'll know I don't read a lot of YA. It's not a case of snobbery. More a case of me feeling I cant really connect with the story or the characters. This was not the case here.

I love when YA books take on more difficult subjects like this. I hope that doesn't sound condescending because its not meant to be. I just feel that contemporary YA s
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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My love for World War Two literature is never ending and I was particularly pleased to have the chance to read about the battle of Stalingrad and the people trying to live whilst it’s going on. Completely fascinating and not a subject I know in depth it is very clear that Pierce has researched and researched to ensure every element of this novel is believable and every character is genuine. There are parts of this book that are hard to read as we meet characters who have had t
Denise Monahan
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read. I knew nothing about the Battle of Stalingrad and this book sparked my interest. Credible characters and story-line as well as carefully set sense of time and place all add to make this book unputdownable. I loved it!
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Tallaght-born Nicola Pierce lives in Drogheda, Ireland. Following her many
successful ghostwritten books for adults, Nicola published her first
book for children, Spirit of the Titanic. The book received rave reviews, and ran to five printings within its first twelve months. City of Fate is
her second book for children and transports the reader deep into the
Russian city of Stalingrad during World War
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