Whelan, Gloria. Burying the sun.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

WHELAN, Gloria. Burying the sun. (A companion to The Impossible Journey and Angel in the Square.) HarperCollins. 205p. bibliog. c2004.0-06-054112-1. $15.99. J

The same Russian family is featured in all three of these novels that span the time from the tsars before the Revolution up to the siege of Leningrad in WW II. Now the mother, who was a teenager and friend of the tsar's daughters just before they were assassinated, is a nurse taking care of soldiers fighting the Nazis. Her children, Marya and Georgi, who did the impossible by traveling alone from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) to Siberia to be united with their parents who were political prisoners in the '30s, now are young people struggling to survive the siege of their city. The focus is on 14-year-old Georgi, tall and strong for his age, who wants to be considered a man. He is too young to enlist in the army, but he does help the city by pealing bark from trees to supplement the food supply, assisting in the hauling of food and supplies across the frozen lake in the...

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