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Words on Fire

Words on Fire

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In 1893 twelve-year-old Audra lives on a farm in Lithuania, and tries to avoid the Cossack soldiers who enforce the Russian decrees that ban Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language; but when the soldiers invade the farm Audra is the only one who escapes and, unsure of what has happened to her parents, she embarks on a dangerous journey, carrying the smuggled Lithuanian books that fuel the growing resistance movement, unsure of who to trust, but risking her life and freedom for her country.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338275476
Branch Call Number: J FIC NIEL
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm

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In 1893 twelve-year-old Audra lives on a farm in Lithuania, and tries to avoid the Cossack soldiers who enforce the Russian decrees that ban Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language; but when the soldiers invade the farm Audra is the only one who escapes and, unsure of what has ... Read More »

In 1893 twelve-year-old Audra lives on a farm in Lithuania, and tries to avoid the Cossack soldiers who enforce the Russian decrees that ban Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language; but when the soldiers invade the farm Audra is the only one who escapes and, unsure of what has ... Read More »


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I love that this is a historical fiction about something other than WW 1 or 2. The events of the book take place in 1893 in Lithuania. Russia has occupied Lithuania for many years when the story starts. We follow Audra who learns that her parents are involved in something dangerous but she doesn't know what. After her parents are arrested Audra must figure out how to help them and her country. I highly recommend this book for anyone in grades 3+ who enjoy historical fiction.

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The_Zookeeper
Feb 21, 2021

Just as good as A Night Divided, if not better. I loved Audra's story. As a person who works in a library, I know how powerful books are and what lengths people will go to get them, or the lengths they'll go to to stop people from having them. While I wanted to scream at the injustice that people have faced, I also wanted to cheer for every victory that Audra and Lukas had.

violet_whale_227 Feb 18, 2021

I LOVE this book. It is one of my favorite books by her.

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AJGrant129
Jan 23, 2021

I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were relatable and memorable, the pace was exactly right (consistently not lagging and not overwhelming either, but the perfect balance of epic adventure and life's meaningful moments), and there was nothing parents would find questionable. The dialogue was engaging and flowed well, and I found Audra an interesting, loyal, and clever companion to the secretive Lukas and gruff old Ben. Through her endeavors comes the reality of what people went through to keep books alive. Words really are power, and Nilsen does an excellent job of unveiling one of the lesser-known struggles in history. Recommended for any age.

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blue_dolphin_14353
Jan 05, 2021

awesome book! recommend!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 25, 2020

Words on Fire is a wonderful story, following the shy character of Audra who must face the trials of living in Lithuania, a country occupied by Russians. When Audra is introduced to her parent’s world of book smuggling after they are arrested, she forces herself to find her inner strength to continue their work. Audra’s adventures are captivating and suspenseful, and are a great example of how Jennifer A. Nielsen can bring history to life for her readers. I love this book most because of the way it explores the true value of books, and how they are deeply connected with the culture and identity of a nation. This is a good read for all young adult readers. 5/5 - @BookBear13 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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