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The journey back
Reiss, Johanna.
Personal Author:
First HarperTrophy edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperTrophy, 1987.

Physical Description:
212 pages ; 18 cm
After spending three years hiding from the Nazis, a Jewish family is reunited and begins the job of rebuilding their country and family.
General Note:
Continues the author's The upstairs room.
Reading Level:
520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 3.5 6.0 29761.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 9 Quiz: 06175 Guided reading level: NR.
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DS135.N6 R44 1976C Adult Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf

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How does it feel to leave the people you've grown to love -- and go back to a family you no longer know? Holland,1945 -- World War II has finally ended. For thirteen-year-old Annie de Leeuw and her sister Sini, Almost three years of hiding from the Germans in the upstairs room of a remote farmhouse have also ended. Saying good-bye to the courageous family who hid them is very difficult. And Annie finds that being home again isn't easy either. Her mother is dead; her father, distant and distracted. Sini is out dancing with the soldiers every night , trying to make up for lost time, and Annie's oldest sister, Rachel, has become a Christian. Soon Annie has another problem -- getting used to a new stepmother she cannot seem to please. Annie learns that though the fighting is over, some of the wounds of the war still remain. Her old home is gone. Now she must build a new life for herself.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

After the end of World War II, Annie de Leeuw must try to rebuild her life, in a sequel to the Newbery Honor book, The Upstairs Room. Ages 12-up. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Johanna Reiss' moving sequel (HarperCollins, pap. 1987) to The Upstairs Room (HarperCollins, 1972) is a vivid testimony to all whose lives were changed forever by World War II. Narrated by the author, this compelling story of a Jewish family struggling to reunite after three years of separation and hiding from the Nazis becomes a very personal account of a young girl's coming of age in war torn Holland. This simple dramatization is poignant and heartwarming as Annie de Leeuw and her older sister, Sini, bid farewell to the kind family who hid them. Now it is time to pick up the pieces of their former life as they rejoin their father and another older sister. But their widowed father is remarried and their sister Rachel has become a devout Christian. Once again, life has turned upside down for Annie as she makes her own journey back. This is a superb performance and an essential purchase for all libraries.-Celeste Steward, Contra Costa County Library, Clayton, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.