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The Impossible Journey by Gloria Whelan
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The Impossible Journey (2003)

by Gloria Whelan

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This YA book is a the companion novel to Angel on the Square. It is snapshot of Russia in 1934 when fear and brutality ruled by the iron fist of Josef Stalin.

When her parents were taken in the night by the secret police, Marya knows this means they may never return. Learning that her mother was exiled to Sibera and her father was taken to be worked to death in the mines, Marya bravely takes her young brother on a walking journey from Leningrad to Siberia in search of their parents.

Rich in detail, the journey is a miraculous one as along the way the author shows the senseless cruelty and brainwashing that occurred after the Russian revolution. In addition, the reader learns the geography and vastness of the country. ( )
  Whisper1 | Apr 21, 2011 |
A good read. I didn't like this as well as "Listening to Lions", also by Whelan, but the story draws you in. A good look at early Communist Russia for young people. ( )
  cjoymr | Jun 12, 2008 |
The journey's not so impossible when all those you meet are improbably kind, patient, and willing to risk themselves for strangers. Even exile in Siberia seems cozy here. However, it's still a nice little look at a moment in Russian history, as sanitized as this YA story is.
  KaterinaBead | Jan 8, 2008 |
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One Russian night in 1934, Marya and Georgi's parents disappear. Despite high risks, Katya and Misha had spoken against the government. The children, alone and desperate, fear the worst. Will they ever see their parents again?

But all it takes is one crumpled letter to give Marya and Georgi hope and send them on a dangerous mission to reunite their family. They must steal away in the dark of night, escape the city, and find passage to the great Siberian wilderness. And even then, if they succeed in getting away, their journey will have only just begun.

In this companion novel to her breathtaking Russian epic Angel on the Square, National Book Award winning author Gloria Whelan takes readers on a remarkable journey that is both perilous and transforming.

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In 1934, thirteen-year-old Marya and her younger brother, Georgi, set out alone on a long and arduous journey into Siberia to find their mother after she and their father are exiled for opposing Stalin.

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