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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Katya knows all about Stalin’s big plans; she learned of them in school. But those plans mean little to her until the secret police arrest Papa and seize their family farm. With Mama and her younger siblings, Katya is shoved into a crowded train headed for a forced labour camp in Siberia. Torn from everything she has ever known, Katya faces cold and hunger, and the ever-pr ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published June 6th 2015 by Rebelight Publishing (first published April 15th 2008)
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Marsha
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short middle grade novel is set in the early 1930s in an ethnic German community in the Soviet Union.

The Kulak's Daughter is about a young girl and her family who are deemed "kulaks" -- or enemies of the people -- because they oppose communism.

The novel is based on the life of the author's mother and the details and anecdotes ring true. This is not an era that many people in the west know about. The story predates the Holodomor (Stalin-orchestrated famine that killed millions of Ukrainian
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Anne
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Based on a true story, this is a fictionalized story of Stalin's plan to collectivize the farms of Russia no matter the cost. Told through the voice of eleven year old Olga (The Kulak's Daughter) it tells the horrendous story of what happened to those who failed to co-operate with the Stalinists - in this case, the father being sent to jail as a traitor while the rest of the family is deported to a transition camp in Siberia. While all of the story is based on actual events, the unfolding of one ...more
HP Fan
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. A lot of people died though, but I really liked it!!
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review.

Red Stone was a surprise for me. From the synopsis, I knew a bit about what I was going to read, but I didn't think I get as sucked into the story as I did.

The story is narrated by Katya, initially 10 at the start of the book and just turned 12 at the end. Katya is the eldest daughter of a farmer in Federofka, Soviet Union (now part of Ukr
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Elena
The Kulak's Daughter is genuine, heartbreaking, and powerful. It is based on a true story, which makes it even more sad. Although, readers should look forward to an uplifting ending. The beginning of this novel takes place at a farm, where a large family lives, including a little girl named Ogla. Everything is going perfectly for Ogla until her father's beliefs force the family to move somewhere terrible. Ogla's journey and unbelievable strength keeps the reader turning pages. I recommend this b ...more
Anita Daher
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabriele Goldstone doesn’t pull any punches in depicting horrors they endure, and how insidious government involvement in restricting and stifling the rights of its citizens can happen. Her prose also has a grace, which allows beauty even in heartbreak, such as when she describes soft crying “filling the barrack like smoke.” I read Red Stone for a book column, and was so taken by Katya’s story I immediately downloaded and read the next in the series, Broken Stone.
Susan Rocan
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story about the difficulties facing a family labeled as kulaks by the Communists and sent to Siberia. Olga was a pre-teen, the oldest of her siblings, forced to grow up way to early. Gabriele Goldstone did a marvelous job of bringing this based-on-a-true-story to life. Any readers, young or old will learn a bit of history and sympathize with Olga and her family.
Kelsey
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so very true, imy class met the daughter of 'Olga', who is the author of the book. If you'd like to learn more go to www.gabrielgoldstone.com.
Jodi Carmichael
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. It kept me up to the wee hours, weeping for Olga. A must read for middle graders looking to understand Stalin's insanity.
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