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review Two Suns in the Sky 107 ☆ During World War II a 15 year old girl meets a young Jewish refugee in a New York shelter and soon learns the history behind her city through interaction with her new friend as well as the barriers that exist when different cultures unite Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical FictionS that exist when different cultures unite Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. loved this book so much a beautiful love story

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Learns the history behind her city through interaction with her new friend as well as the barrier. I thought about visiting churches and about my dad I could picture his world It’s like one of those fresh black walnuts the kind that falls from the trees near our house every autumn The outside layer is soft and green and stains your hands but you keep peeling because you think you’ll reach the meat inside Instead there’s a hard shell underneath all that softness No matter how much you try cracking the shell open with your shoes it won’t break Dad likes to sit inside all that hardness That way everything stays solid But my world has never been like that It’s a bubble whose shape keeping changing I was inside all of that inside and outside at the same timeI happened to find this book on the shelves at my school library and whoever put it there was way ahead of there time Sometimes I feel like those books were out there for a reason And I didn’t mind finding this brilliant gem of a novel Two Suns In The Sky is told in two POV’s from two different characters who happen to meet upon chance and what follows is a long journey of growth and discovery set among the back drop of World War II in a refugee camp I made it a regular thing to visit the fort I was learning so much about different countries and customs that I felt I was in a whole new world there And I didn’t need a boat to take me across The story follows our two characters Adam and Chris as they fall for one another and learn how to get across those barriers as they get to know one another For me how they found one another and how they got to each other was sadThe romance is a slow burn but develops over time I liked to see how it grew and I have to say the author did a good job of portraying instead of making it seem so clicheAt the heart though this novel is of a story if finding yourself instead of historical or romantic It’s not religious although that factor does play into the storyAnd the ending dang that really blew me away It is was really unknown and not much can be determined from it Althoughit’s not sad I can see where it would go but I wish it was realistic I read all the way through only to get slapped back with a rushed endingHowever though this novel was way ahead of its time A romance breaking down barriers and exploring how we all see each other It would be a book I would shove into others hands to read I can’t believe I didn’t see this before Recommended

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Two Suns in the SkyDuring World War II a 15 year old girl meets a young Jewish refugee in a New York shelter and soon. Reviewed for THC Reviews45 stars It is always such a joy to me when a random book buy turns out to be a fabulous read I picked up Two Suns in the Sky at the library book sale for only fifty cents but had I known how good it was going to be I would have been happy to pay full price This young adult novel is a combination of historical fiction and historical romance It is written in such a way that I believe teenagers could easily understand and relate to it but it is full of the mysteries and complexities of life which I as an adult can appreciate as well The narrative is written in first person point of view alternating back and forth between the two protagonists which I found to be very uniue I wasn't sure that I was going to like that at first and it did take me a little while to get used to it Ultimately though I thought the author did a great job with not only the first person perspective itself but also with differentiating between the two characters and giving them each their own distinctive voice It took a little while for the character development to build However once I came into a full understanding of the two main characters the story really hit its stride for me and I had a hard time putting it downThe historical aspect centers around the one and only refugee camp that operated on American soil during World War II Located at Fort Ontario Oswego New York it housed 1000 European refugees primarily Jews for about 1½ years I thought that the author really brought to life this overlooked snippet of American history by showing what it was like living on both sides of the fence For those living inside the camp there were some usually the older residents who had difficulty adapting and felt like virtual prisoners while the young people children and teens loved this new country and embraced the ability to attend school and just be normal kids without the worries of war hanging over their heads There was a dichotomous state of mind for those living outside the camp as well with many Oswego residents welcoming the new comers with open arms while others of which Chris's father was one exhibited a bigoted attitude of fear and suspicion It was very difficult for me to read these parts of the story as I don't think I will ever fully understand the mindset of a prejudiced person Still I thought it rather ingenious the way the author rendered Chris's father as a rather conflicted man who was not an inherently bad person just one who made bad choices but was still loved by his family in spite of his flaws I also liked how the independent minded Chris pointed out though silently to herself in one passage just how ridiculous and un Christian like her father's views were In addition to capturing the differing opinions of the characters Miriam Bat Ami also presented a historically accurate picture of these events In her notes at the end of the book she seems to indicate that information on the Emergency Refugee Shelter is not easy to come by but through extensive research and interviews with actual residents of both the ERS and Oswego during that time period she has been able to recreate this moment in history In fact the two main characters are based in part on real life people that she met Each chapter begins with a uote which in most cases came directly from one of the interviewees making the story all the authenticThe romance aspect of the book is all about the forbidden love shared by two teens Chris an American Irish Catholic girl and Adam a Yugoslavian Jewish boy I related to both characters uite well Chris is a girl with an adventurous spirit dreaming of joining the WACs to help in the war effort She also has an incredible curiosity about and compassion for other people Chris seems to want nothing than to travel the globe and learn about other cultures so when the refugees arrive in her home town she not surprisingly is right there in the thick of things making new friends and fitting right in with these new kids Adam is a boy who has experienced far pain hardship and horror than anyone his age should ever have to Coming to America gives him a sense of freedom and he wants nothing than to start a new life in a country that he hopes will soon adopt him as a citizen There is an instant attraction between Adam and Chris when Chris generously loans her bicycle to Adam's little sister on their first day in the refugee camp Their relationship is slow building though with them first becoming friends through school and the occasions that Chris sneaks into the camp to visit not only Adam but other friends she has made there In spite of initially just being friends they both often dream of kissing each other and once they do become boyfriend and girlfriend theirs is a romance filled with all the tenderness and sweet innocence of first love As the relationship progresses though it becomes rather bittersweet as Chris must constantly battle against her father's bigotry and the feeling that she is doing something wrong just by seeing Adam and both must deal with the reality that at some point Adam is going to leave the camp whether it be to become an American citizen living elsewhere or to go back to his home country In the meantime they try to enjoy their stolen moments together to the fullest At times they would make what in my opinion was a very mature decision to stay away from each other either in deference to Chris's father's edicts or to minimize the pain of the separation that seemed inevitable but no matter how long they were apart they never stopped loving one another In some ways I felt that it just made their feelings for one another grow strongerAs a parent I am always on the look out for uality books that are not just entertaining but also teach something while being age appropriate and I think that Two Suns in the Sky fits that bill nicely If I as an adult learned something about history from this book then teens most certainly will as well I also thought that it had some good lessons in compassion for others and standing up for what you believe in Content wise I thought the book is uite appropriate for the teens at which it is aimed I only recall one or two mild profanities Chris's dad and uncles drink beer on Thanksgiving and Adam mentions being allowed to have a sip of brandy on the Sabbath As I mentioned earlier Chris and Adam's relationship is very innocent Except for one scene they share nothing than kisses some sweet and others a bit heated On that one occasion they engage in a small amount of moderate petting but in my opinion it is handled very well At that point both characters were feeling extremely vulnerable which certainly could have led to things getting out of hand but they both made a conscious and responsible decision to stop Although the story contains some mature thematic elements such as body development and image the death of loved ones and the various horrors that are associated with war I thought that everything was treated in a pretty matter of fact way and nothing was described in explicit details Chris does disobey her father on several occasions by visiting the camp against his wishes but I was not bothered by that because it is abundantly clear that her father is being unreasonable If he had not been prejudiced and had invited Adam into their home there would have been no need for Chris to sneak around Chris's father does say some rather harsh things at times and meets out a very severe punishment to Chris on one occasion all of which was difficult to read but can also teach lessons on the stark realities of life Young or not readers who are averse to overt depictions of religion may not care for this book as both of the protagonist's religious backgrounds play a strong role particularly Chris's Catholic faith I personally was impressed with the care the Jewish author took in describing Catholicism and anyone who is open minded and interested in a love overcomes all inter ethnic romance which is blind to religion should really enjoy itAs a romance Two Suns in the Sky has a rather ambiguous ending not bad or sad just no concrete answers about what the future holds for Chris and Adam They were still young though and their love for each other was so strong and passionate it is easy for me to imagine them eventually riding off into the sunset of the fictional happily ever after As a connoisseur of romances I normally need a strong HEA to be fully satisfied when finishing a book with romance in it but in this case I was able to overlook it because of the strong historical element which I believe was meant to be the main focus The author makes a comment in her notes at the end about Two Suns in the Sky being her contribution to preserving the memory of the ERS camp and in that capacity I think she excelled beautifully Not only did I learn things that I previously did not know but I turned the final page only to discover a hunger to learn I was compelled to look up the works Ms Bat Ami cited in her notes and have already put one of the books on my TBR list for just that purpose In my opinion one of the characteristics of a truly good author is the ability to both teach and stir up the innate desire for learning I also had never read any books set in WWII before but now I plan to look for I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good romantic story both young and old alike For me discovering Two Suns in the Sky was like finding a bit of buried treasure that now forever has a home on my keeper shelf to hopefully be shared with my children and re read many times over the years to come