Dandi Daley Mackall
Harcourt, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet
he year is 1978. Eva Lott is looking forward to her senior year of high school. She's made the varsity swim team and has landed the perfect boyfriend. Then Eva's life turns upside down when her father announces that they are moving to communist Poland to help in the freedom movement. During the following year, chronicled in
, Eva faces challenges she never believed possible.
uthor Dandi Daley Mackall begins Eva's harrowing journey at a Polish border checkpoint. Mackall's picturesque writing quickly brings the story to life. Eva's story is shadowed by that of a quiet university student, Tomek, the interpreter for the radical underground movement. Although Eva is at first appalled by the lack of pepperoni pizza and hot water, and the ever-present threatening militia, she and Tomek soon grow to understand each other. She has lost her mother to cancer, and he has lost his brother to the military.
hen Eva visits Tomek's parents and helps save their plum orchard from an ice storm, she realizes the true spirit of Poland. In spite of growing danger, and as she and Tomek fall in love, Eva begins to question where her real home is and what is most important to her.
is a moving tale of love and coming of age, set amidst the oppression of communism.
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