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Kristine Wildner
The Center for Children's Literature

"Anya's War is a remarkable look into the lives of Russian Jews who settled in Shanghai, China in 1937 ... When Anya finds an abandoned baby girl and begins a search for the child's mother, she begins to wonder about the value of human life and how society around her values some lives more than others. The pace of the story is fast—there is danger, and heart-wrenching realities in the home for foundlings...a fascinating slice of Jewish and WWII history...the story leaves room for sequels..."