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The Lily Pond by Annika Thor
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Apr 01, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, young-adult
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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 and go back to a city life again. However, she must navigate the new mores and politics of the city, and she still worries about her parents back in Vienna. Stephie also is falling in love with Sven, the Soderberg's son. But he has secrets of his own. Fans of A Faraway Island will like this sequel. It is a sweet coming-of-age story.

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