By Anne-Laure Bondoux
Political problems and civil unrest strength a girl and younger boy to escape their war-torn state looking for a secure haven during this award-winning novel that speaks to concerns which are either well timed and universal.
Blaise Fortune, sometimes called Koumaïl, loves listening to the tale of the way he got here to dwell with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the location of a educate twist of fate the place she came upon an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, Gloria says, was once French, and the newborn was once Blaise.
while Blaise turns seven years previous, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria makes a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their means westward walking, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they'll locate refuge. in the course of their five-year trip around the Caucasus and Europe as they come across different refugees looking for a greater existence, Blaise grows from a boy into a youngster. notwithstanding, it’s merely as a tender guy can Blaise try and untangle his identity.
Bondoux’s heartbreaking story of exile, sacrifice, wish, and survival is a narrative of final love.
“A superbly cadenced tribute to maternal love and the ability of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus stories, Starred Review
“The [Blaise and Gloria] make a dangerous, five-year trip westward via war-torn territory, encountering a memorable entourage of fellow refugees with poignant tales in their personal. … notwithstanding Blaise narrates this wonderfully translated novel, Gloria's voice will lengthy resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“An captivating novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the cruel realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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7. Romania: Climbs into the back of a truck at a gas station. 8. German-French border: Apprehended by customs officers. 9. Poitiers: Learns French and meets Prudence. 10. Mont-Saint-Michel: Understands what is most vital to him. 11. Paris: Starts his life as a French citizen. 12. Tbilisi: Learns the pure and simple truth. chapter one MY name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It’s the pure and simple truth. I was almost twelve years old the day the customs officers found me in the back of the truck.
A few days later Emil and Baksa come to get me, and we go to the garbage shed where Abdelmalik lives. We pinch our noses because it stinks so much. We knock on the door. No response. I turn the knob. The door opens, letting out a flow of pestilence that makes us want to throw up. Old Max appears. “It smells like a slaughterhouse,” he says. ” We stay behind him as he enters the shed. ” he grumbles. ” Old Max finds the light switch and turns it on. We see Abdelmalik’s body propped up against the wall.
Insults start to fly in the crowd. ” Emil yells to our hero. ” Abdelmalik pounds on Sergei, following the advice. With three well-landed blows he sends the old man down and two of his teeth fly away. A last blow and creepy Sergei collapses on the wet cobblestones, his body broken. A silence as dense as a cloud of fog hangs over the courtyard. Abdelmalik stands up, proud and magnificent, ready to fight some more. But it’s over. The drunk crawls toward the canopy. He drools, he groans in shame. That very evening rumor spreads that Sergei is gone, that he packed his belongings and that we won’t ever see him again.