A Faraway Island

All these two young Jewish girls from have is each other, and the hope that their parents will be able to join them in Sweden or that the war will end. As the war intensifies the girls try to find their feet on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden in two families very different from each other and from the one they have left behind.

This is volume one of Annika Thor’s brilliant young adult tetralogy that follows two Austrian sisters sent on a “kindertransport” to Sweden as World War II begins. They are fostered out to two very different families on an island in the Gothenburg archipelago. A Faraway Island covers their first year  in Sweden, and won the 2009 Batchelder Award.