By Anne-Laure Bondoux
Political issues and civil unrest strength a lady and younger boy to escape their war-torn state looking for a secure haven during this award-winning novel that speaks to matters which are either well timed and universal.
Blaise Fortune, often referred to as Koumaïl, loves listening to the tale of ways he got here to reside with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the positioning of a teach coincidence the place she came across an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, Gloria says, used to be French, and the child used to be Blaise.
while Blaise turns seven years outdated, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria makes a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their means westward walking, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they're going to locate refuge. in the course of their five-year trip around the Caucasus and Europe as they come upon different refugees looking for a greater existence, Blaise grows from a boy into a teenager. although, it’s purely as a tender guy can Blaise try and untangle his identity.
Bondoux’s heartbreaking story of exile, sacrifice, desire, and survival is a narrative of final love.
“A fantastically cadenced tribute to maternal love and the ability of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus experiences, Starred Review
“The [Blaise and Gloria] make a deadly, five-year trip westward via war-torn territory, encountering a memorable entourage of fellow refugees with poignant tales in their personal. … notwithstanding Blaise narrates this wonderfully translated novel, Gloria's voice will lengthy resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“An enthralling novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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It doesn’t matter. What’s important is to have both arms,” he says, grumbling. Stambek smiles and rolls up his sleeves. His arms are muscular and hairy, and he’s got veins that remind me of the rivers in my atlas. He motions for me to pull up my sleeves. I make a face. My arms are like twigs. But Mr. Betov is right. At Souma-Soula everybody uses their arms to work, even the children. That’s how it is if you want to eat. We’ve barely finished nailing down the roof when Gloria and I head over to the hiring station.
Originally published in paperback in France as Le temps des miracles by Bayard Éditions Jeunesse in 2009. Delacorte Press is a registered trademark and the colophon is a trademark of Random House, Inc. Visit us on the Web! com/teachers Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bondoux, Anne-Laure. Temps des miracles English] A time of miracles / Anne-Laure Bondoux ; translated from the French by Y. Maudet — 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.
He came from a faraway region, from a people of hunters, and his father—” “Was the chief of the village! I know! ” “Absolutely. That’s why Zemzem heard the creaking and whistling of the train well before I did. He squeezed my hand hard because he understood that something unusual was happening. ” “A frightening roar, Koumaïl. Like a huge explosion, followed by an earsplitting noise that made your hair stand up on your head. Then a cloud of smoke rose. ” “Yes, where the pear trees were growing. We saw that the engine car was on fire.