Regular price: $9.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1897, and gifted violinist Reuven Bloom is 15 years old. Life for the Jews in Russia is very hard. First Reuven's best friend is captured to serve in the Tsar's army, and then his parents and older sister are murdered. Reuven's dreams of music must be set aside. Now he has only one goal: escape. With his baby sister strapped to his back, Reuven sets off toward an unknown freedom. His journey takes him first across Russia, and then ultimately to America.
©2005 Kathryn Lasky; (P)2008 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"The young man's brave struggle is a part of Jewish history, and it's all the more powerful here because it is told without reverence." (Booklist)
"This reads like an adventure story, but the research at its foundation is clearly evident." (School Library Journal)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Kathryn Lasky does it again

Once again Kathryn Lasky has told with great style and emotion a very interesting story. Reuven and his sister Rachel are the only ones survive a pogrom that destroys their family and their town in Russia. Reuven's inner strength saves them both. And it is that strength that eventually leads them both to a new and productive life in a America. The narrator does a good job with the accent, not too much to make it difficult to understand but enough to give the story depth and flavor. Good listen all around.

  • Overall
  • Sarai
  • Belton, MO, USA
  • 05-14-08

Pleasant

I thought this book was very pleasant to listen to. It provided a historical background into Russia I didn't know about. I thought that it was a very good book to read. I'm glad that I purchased it to listen to.