Depressed over the death of her mother, twelve-year-old Carla makes a visit to her mother's aunt and uncle in Greece where she finds comfort and joy with the family situation, but shock and danger with the political situation in the early 1970s.
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To help recover from her mother's sudden death, Carla, 12, leaves New York for Greece, where she will stay with her great-aunt and -uncle. It is 1974, and Greeks are chafing under military rule, a fact of life that radicalizes Carla. Soon she befriends Lefteris, a boy whose family has been forced outside the country, and joins him in small but risky acts of civil defiance. Though somewhat flawed by coincidence, this nicely rounded story is based on Fenton's firsthand knowledge of Greek mythology, history, landscape and village cultures. Carla's devoted relatives, Tiggie and Theo, are traditional Greeks, yet rebellious, and are drawn with subtlety and depth. Knowing them changes Carla's life forever. Ages 10-14.
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Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0385295502