The Impossible Journey (Russian Saga)


The real question is, do they make it? Love Gloria Whelan books. Enjoy it and used for my Literature class. Amazing book readmit rn u will love it!! You will want to buy all the books she has authored once you get started. Bought for my middle school child when studying Russia, but have to say I enjoyed it immensely myself.

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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade A story of a remarkable year-old The Impossible Journey (Russian Saga) by [Whelan, Gloria]. The Impossible Journey (Russian Saga) [Gloria Whelan] on domaine-solitude.com *FREE * shipping on qualifying offers. From National Book Award winner Gloria.

Gloria Whelan is a master of dealing with runaways and orphans. This book is no exception. A brother and a sister must travel to Siberia to find their mother after she is sent to a work camp following her husbands arrest. Both children attempt to deal with their emotions as they try to make it hundreds of miles from their home. The real question is, do they make it? Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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Love Gloria Whelan books. Enjoy it and used for my Literature class. I'm not sure a seven-year-old would really act that way. But, again, I suppose it's possible. The bleakness of the story is balanced by the inextinguishable flickerings of human kindness that the children encounter across their journey, often in unexpected places.

May 27, Ava C rated it really liked it Shelves: The October Revolution in flipped all of Russia upside down. The poor were put in higher positions, and the higher were put in lower. Marya and Georgi's mother and father can recollect the times when their relatives were higher in power and were highly respected. Marya's mother tells stories of when she was Marya's age and was a companion to the tsarinas.

Now anyone who was associated with the tsar and his family is spurned. When Marya and Georgi's parents are taken away by the secretive Russian police they set out on a journey to find them, even if it means going into the cold of Siberia.

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I have to admit that I wasn't as interested in this story as the first, but I still found it incredibly interesting. I didn't know much about Russia during this time of history, and although the story can seem like a little bit of a fairy tale at times, it was still historically accurate and fitting to the time period. The story could seem a little repetitive at times, where Marya and Georgi would encounter a situation, magically find a way out because of some random circumstance, and get back on their way, but it still created an intriguing story.

The end was very touching and I liked the fact that the characters from the past book carried over, which helped give them more depth.

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Nov 16, Cookav rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 03, Beth rated it liked it. Whelan revisits the Russian Revolution in this tale of two children who undertake a journey across Russia to Siberia to be reunited with their parents who are arrested following a rebellion. Resourceful artistic Marya and her demanding young brother Georgi fend for themselves against corrupt adults including neighbors and acquaintances, but also find friends in unlikely places, including a tribe of indigenous peoples who herd reindeer.

The underlying message of hope and freedom make the lar Whelan revisits the Russian Revolution in this tale of two children who undertake a journey across Russia to Siberia to be reunited with their parents who are arrested following a rebellion. The underlying message of hope and freedom make the large roles of coincidence and serendipity forgivable. Simple language and careful telling make this appropriate for strong readers in lower grade levels. The idea that a Russian doctor would be fired for reading an American medical journal is as frightening as the thought of children reporting their parents as disloyal comrades.

This historical novel serves as an excellent discussion point for the advantages US citizens take for granted, and may be a reminder in these patriotic and suspicious times of ours that it is easy for governments to use fear to mold behavior. Pair with Whelan's companion novel Angel on the Square for a more complete picture of life in communist Russia. Sep 19, Don rated it it was amazing. Petersburg, rush to do little planning, Stalin stole land forced to state farm, teachers were aristocrats and enemies of people per Stalin, 4 girls executed for opposing revolution, Stalin Lenin as cat with smile, truth in paper produced angry response, pledge to uphold ideas of revolution or parents turned in by children via schools, no difference if innocent, the same people who tore children from parents want us to betray husband from wife and then say not good to break up family, fo St.

Jan 31, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is another fantastic book in Whelan's Russian historical fiction collection. It picks up the story of the two main characters from Angel in the Square and tells their story in Stalin's Russia. It captures well the historical accuracy of the time, at least from what I have read in my nonfiction readings about the Gulag. Since this is a children's book, it doesn't enter into gruesome detail but it does give enough to help a child understand the realities faced.

There is also really good detai This is another fantastic book in Whelan's Russian historical fiction collection. There is also really good detail about Siberia and its unique terrain, making for good discussion about biomes, and the tundra specifically. I found this aspect one that sets it above the first in her series.

You can create discussions about math, literature, science, geography, art, and history from this book more than Angel in the Square. And it is hard to put down, even for an adult. My 7 and 9 year old read these independently from me and were forgoing playtime to read.

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Aug 04, Marianne rated it really liked it. Two children named Marya and Georgi suddenly find themselves alone after their parent's disappear. When Marya finds out where her Mother have been sent she wastes no time. Marya is in Russia and her Mother is is Sibira and has no idea where her father is. Her and her brother Georgi set to work at getting to Siberia.

Many kind people help them along the way and the walk many miles. They ride on a train, on boats, and even Reindeer! They make friends with the natives. With the help of many they ma Two children named Marya and Georgi suddenly find themselves alone after their parent's disappear.

With the help of many they make their way to their mother and soon their Father joins them. Their father than dies and they make their new life waiting till their mother is done working in sibira. I found this a good companion to the Angle on the Square book but they are both very different.

I defiantly recommend this book to anyone who's read the Angle on the square! Nov 20, Sally rated it really liked it.

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In the difficult years of the 's in Russia, the parents of two young children are taken to prison for disagreeing with those in charge and are then sent to Siberia and a coal mining camp. Marya is 13 and Georgi is 6 want to get to their mother who is in Siberia with a 3 year term. The children at least know where she is and want to get to her so Marya works out a plan that will take them from Leningrad to Siberia. If they walk--which is her plan--it will take them the full 3 months of summer In the difficult years of the 's in Russia, the parents of two young children are taken to prison for disagreeing with those in charge and are then sent to Siberia and a coal mining camp.

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If they walk--which is her plan--it will take them the full 3 months of summer. The story is their impossible journey. The story gives you faith in the goodness of others while showing how evil some can be. There is such a sweet story and the relationship between all the members of the family is memorable. Apr 22, Linda Lipko rated it it was ok Shelves: This YA book is a the companion novel to Angel on the Square. It is snapshot of Russia in when fear and brutality ruled by the iron fist of Josef Stalin. When her parents were taken in the night by the secret police, Marya knows this means they may never return.

Learning that her mother was exiled to Sibera and her father was taken to be worked to death in the mines, Marya bravely takes her young brother on a walking journey from Leningrad to Siberia in search of their parents. Rich in detail, the journey is a miraculous one as along the way the author shows the senseless cruelty and brainwashing that occurred after the Russian revolution. In addition, the reader learns the geography and vastness of the country. Apr 22, Awilma Acosta rated it it was amazing.

One night in , Marya and Georgi's two little kids who used to play a lot in the mud parents disappeared. Even though there were a lot of hardships, Katya and Misha Marya and Georgi's parents had spoken against the government. Both kids, alone and scared, feared the worst. But all it takes is one crumpled letter to give Marya and Georgi hope and send them on a dangerous mission to unite once again with their family.

They must steal away in the dark of night, escape the city, and find passa One night in , Marya and Georgi's two little kids who used to play a lot in the mud parents disappeared. They must steal away in the dark of night, escape the city, and find passage to the great wilderness. And even they were in trouble.

Apr 18, Naomi Kenorak rated it really liked it Shelves: The series is so engaging that you hardly realize how much you are learning about Russian history in the process. The second book, The Impossible Journey, finds the little girl in Angel on the Square all grown up, with 2 children of her own.