The Lily Pond

Having lived for a year on a rugged, rural island in a deeply religious Christian community, Stephie finds the idea of attending secondary school in the big city both liberating and intimidating. And the World War continues, seemingly endlessly.

The second volume and Batchelder honor recipient of Annika Thor’s Faraway island series. Too old for the island elementary school. Stephie is allowed by her foster family to continue her education in Gothenburg. Another transition awaits, as well as first love and the endless fear of the war and the fate of the girls’ parents. Nellie is now alone on the island, and becoming more and more adapted to her new life in Sweden, at the expense of her memories of home and family.