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Barnes, Lilly.

Ottawa, Oberon Press, c1986. 162pp, paper, ISBN 0-88750-636-4 (cloth) $23.95, 0-88750-637-2 (paper) $12.95.

Grades 10 and up
Reviewed by Margaret MacLean

Volume 15 Number 2
1987 March

This is the way women want to write, but those who do seldom get published. Lilly Barnes was born in Russia to a Jewish mother and a German father. At the beginning of the war, the family moved to a small town in Germany. The father was sent to work in the coal mines. The child, aware of a great secret, knew no details until liberation, when her mother told her she was a Jew and that they had lived with false papers during the war years.

Her parents did not live together again. The mother's British army lover whisked the eleven-year-old child off to Palestine, where she found a make-do family of children her own age. In Palestine she denied her father's existence, because he was German. Five years later, she was yanked out of Palestine and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

There is enough real adventure to make at least three fast-paced, glamorous made-for-film stories, but each story is told with a calmness and serenity that is as rare as it is beautiful. Highly recommended for high school and public libraries.

Margaret MacLean, Central Technical School, Toronto, Ont.
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