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Le Temps des Miracles

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,077 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Blaise Fortune, 12 ans, a toujours vécu dans le Caucase, après que Jeanne, sa mère, l'a confié à Gloria Bohème. Celle-ci lui a toujours promis qu'il retrouverait sa mère en France et qu'il connaîtrait des jours plus heureux. Aussi, lorsqu'il se retrouve à la frontière française après avoir traversé toutes sortes d'épreuves, au fond d'un camion, seul, sans Gloria, sa ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published January 2009 by Bayard jeunesse
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Mariah Roze
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally didn't realize that I never wrote a review for this book.... oops!

I read this book for the Diversity in All book club. If you would like to participate in the group discussion here is the link:

This is a young adult novel that deals with multiple different issues that immigrants face. The main character grows up loving to hear stories of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her fathers orchard
aPriL does feral sometimes
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux is a heartrending novel about a woman and a child who attempt to travel across dozens of borders from the Caucasus Mountains to France without much resources. The trip is an illegal immigration undertaken by the child Blaise Fortune when he is a ten-year-old child.

Blaise Fortune was informally adopted and named when he was a baby by the then single twenty-year-old Gloria Vassilievna Dabaieva, just a few years before the 1992 Abkhazian war began against
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judy by: Amanda
My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It's the pure and simple truth.

So A Time of Miracles introduces the reader into the life of the refugees, Blaise (Koumail) and Gloria. Blaise, a young boy and Gloria, his guardian, find themselves on the run again and again as Russian soldiers approach. It seems they can't settle anywhere for any period of time!

Despair, she says, is more dangerous and more clever than the Armenian who knocked out Sergei. It is invisible and
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would've loved this book when I was in middle school. Back then, I sought out stories of heartbreak and disaster---most of them set in wartime and most of them offering a glimpse of the beauty still possible in the middle of human waves of conflict. Most of those stories would've been set during the Holocaust, but this one isn't. It begins in a makeshift camp called the Complex, in 1992, a time so recent that I was bewildered not to know of it, scrambling to figure out what was going on and ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blaise/Koumail and his protector/guardian Gloria have fled their home in the Caucasus because of the ravages of war. As they pass through many places in their pursuit of a peaceful life in France, Gloria does her best to protect Blaise/Koumail from the dangers that threaten them. Along the way, they meet many people who threaten them and also many people who help them and befriend them.

This YA novel is told to the reader through Blaise/Koumail. As the book opens, he is six years old and by the
2011 Batchelder Award winner

I have a European heart, and this story told by 18YO Koumaïl looking back on his life is a beauty. Part mystery, part history, part coming of age story, his tale begins at the fall of Soviet Georgia where 7YO K manages to have a childhood while dodging revolutionaries, starvation, and other disasters alongside his adored and adoring Gloria, a woman who claims to have adopted him after his mother was badly injured in a train wreck."A Time of Miracles" tells of K's
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was an unusual book in two ways. First, it started out reading like a juvenile novel, and then, in the last quarter, felt more like a YA novel. This is because the main character grew up very fast and was in his upper teens toward the end, whereas he was nine when the story first began. Second, it was set in the Caucasus (the Georgia region), during a war I had never heard of. When I read it, it felt like I was reading a novel set in World War II, but it really began in 1992 to 1993, when ...more
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
I thought this was pretty good. I did have some difficulty keeping the roughly contemporary time in mind, but that's not the fault of the book but rather our own little self-centered culture that makes it difficult to see that it can be different and difficult in order places in today's world. It does open up a fascinating world view, although one that is blurred by the confusion of childhood and memory. Gloria's character seems a bit strange at first but later here is explanation for this, ...more
Is there a difference between a lie and a made-up story?

This is a sad, hopeful story of a young boy and the woman who saves his life, refugees from the war in the Caucasus as they try to make their way towards safety. There's a helpful map at the front of the book, but don't look too carefully at the details of Koumaïl's journey or it'll spoil the story a bit. Just look at the geography if you don't know it.

Good for young adults and regular adults.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful and haunting YA story of a young refugee boy (Blaise, aka Koumail) from the Caucasus'. He is trying to get to France with Gloria, a lady who has adopted him. This story covers the time period of when Blaise is about 7 years old and ends when he is 20. The writing is easy to read but what this child is going through is incredible heart wrenching. This is a great book to use if the studying refugee's (emphasizing despair and hope) in a class room setting - MS and HS.
A Time of Miracles is a beautifully written, lyrical, and touching middle grade novel from a child's perspective about a journey across Europe in an attempt to escape the Post-Soviet conflicts in the Caucasus region in the 1990s.

However, despite its very satisfying ending, it is a rather slow read and I had a hard time getting through it. But to be fair, I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, especially war stories, so it might be just me.
Rosie Estrada
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite stories because the ending was great unless I would of likes it to be longer and the second version with Blaise and his wife plus their family. This was a really good book due to it being interesting in many ways plus the emotions it gives you they fill you up and you get caught in this book. I love the way it catches your mind and you just want to read and read till you finish it. This is certainly one of my favorite and I do recommend it to anyone.
Byron Stewart E1
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One realistic-fiction book that I read recently was *A Time of Miracles*. The book's plot points and events are similar to **ALWtW** in a multitude of ways: a young boy born in a rural land is found traveling to places of refuge after war breaks out. Both books have a theme of loss and recovery.
Jennifer Swapp
I enjoyed this YA novel about Georgia and the history there.
Rebecca Plaza
A refugee tale written in a youthful voice brings the trials of their lives to young readers. It is a European story but can be related to the trials currently faced by the ones coming to US borders.
" 'Bohéme' means that you'll always be free and can cross all borders."
This line really stuck out to me, nothing should stop you when trying to accomplish your dreams and goals. When you really want something you'll do anything for it to become true.

" To be happy is recommended at all time" (pg.54)
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audience: This book would be best for a 6th 10th grade audience. Some of the more complex ideas may gear this book towards advanced 3rd grade readers.

Appeal: I think this book would be appealing to this age group because of the ideals it insights. For example: love, inspiration, fear and freedom.

Application: Since this book is intended for a young adult audience, it would most likely be read on individual time. For this reason, I would include the book with options for individual reading
Wow. This book was really good.

Blaise Fortune (AKA Koumail) begins his story, "My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It is the pure and simple truth." Koumail describes the journey he and his caregiver, Gloria, embark upon through the Caucacus Mountain region of Georgia in the 1990s. His earliest memories include his head being shaved with a straight razor by an angry drunk in charge of a refugee complex. Gloria has kept Koumail safe from the rebels and effects of
I read this short, poignant book after an 8th grade girl told me she loved it, and it made her cry. I loved it too. Taking place during the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the story is about two refugees: a young boy named Koumail, and Gloria, his adored guardian. They are trying to make their way to France, where they hope to find a better life. Koumail loves to hear the story of how Gloria rescued him as an infant from a train wreck which injured his French mother he carries a ...more
Andrea Mullarkey
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a treat to read some YA fiction that isnt dystopian! A Time of Miracles is historical fiction and a lovely coming of age story set in the Caucasus following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Koumaïl and Gloria are traveling west away from the orchard where they lived before a train derailed and the family orchard came under siege by rebels. Gloria is a devoted guardian to Koumaïl and she is determined to make it to France where Koumaïl can find his true mother. The stops on their way are ...more
Bobby Simic
Koumail is a refugee from the Republic of Georgia who moves from troubled area to troubled area in the hopes of reaching the safe haven of France, which he is led to believe, by his caretaker, is his true birthplace.

Not exactly the most ideal read for summer, which is what my main problem was while reading this. During the summer, I crave nearly empty reads full of C-list celebrities, authors with amusing anecdotes about their drinking problem, and other silly, inane topics.

But despite the
Franki Ross
I thought it was an okay book. It was kind of hard to keep my interest in it. It was definitely not one of those books that I cant put down because it was so good. I think it would be a good book though to incorporate in the classroom if you are discussing the 1990's or the Soviet Union.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Time of Miracles was a touching, quick read that explores how the ability to form and maintain bonds with others changes as we age. It also explores the question: Is there a difference between a lie and a made-up story? Blaise and Gloria will make an impression on your heart.
Tatum Clinton-Selin
There once was a book of some length
That if you had not so much strength
To wade through it all,
You could make the cool call
To skim scan skip flip, skirting paingth.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2015
Wow!!! Such an exciting, emotional story! I will keep thinking about this one for a long time!
Emily A
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
Winner of the Batchelder Award, this book is about a journey out of the collapsing soviet union to France. Koumail is a young boy who was told that he was rescued from a burning train in Georgia but a women named Gloria who became his caretaker. She becomes a mother figure to him and they go on a 5 year voyage to escape their conditions, according to Gloria, Koumail is Blaise Fortune and is a citizen of France. They travel through many places, like run down towns and gypsy camps to get to the ...more
Irmak Çakarel
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was searching for a book that will connect me with the past times, and makes me feel pathos. I was looking for a book full of love, change, challenges and sacrifice. I saw this book. The cover was begging me to take it, and read it. I turned the book, and read the blur. It was so fascinating, I grabbed it intensely.

This book is about a poor kid called Blaise Fortune but everybody in the camp calls him Koumail, and a pretty young lady called Gloria. Even though Gloria is not Koumails real
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book in practically one sitting. It is so beautifully written that putting it down was not an option.
What can a mother's love achieve? How far can a mother go in their tremendous love for their child?
Far enough to make it heartbreaking and soul-crushing. Far enough so that you keep on reading while wiping away your tears. Far enough to ensure a better life for her child no matter the cost.
A mother's love can never be understood. Until maybe now.
This book will stay with me
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