Stolen Child is the second young adult book recommended by my daughter this week. It was based in Brantford, Ontario and shared the story of a girl who had emigrated with her “family” after World War two. As Nadia got used to living in Canada, she struggled with dreams and vision of her past that she had forgotten.
This Brantford author did a beautiful job of telling a sordid tale of the atrocities that the German’s forced on Ukrainian people in a way that showed hope and promise of “family” and of being free in Canada. This story represented another facet of the horror of WW2 that may not commonly known yet showed how people come together and help each other despite horrible circumstances.
It is easy to empathize with this young girl when she is bullied at school for being different. As she struggles with the social aspects of school, she works through her memories and begins to remember the loss of her real family. Knowing many of the Brantford landmarks made this story easy to identify with. I would recommend this book for young and older readers, it is important to understand past history so that we can be understanding of others and ensure that these things do not happen again.