A clear-eyed, funny, and off-beat novel about a girl making sense of a baffling world. Todas father has gone away to fight in the war. Luckily, hes read about camouflage and will be able to hide from the enemy by disguising himself as a bush. Toda is sent to stay with her mother where itll be safer. Her journey across the border is full of danger and adventure, but she doesnt give up. She has to find her mother.
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Joke van Leeuwen studied history at the University of Brussels, performs in cabaret and theatre shows, writes stories and poems for children--which she illustrates herself--and writes prose and poetry for adults. She has received innumerable awards, including the prestigious Theo Thijssen Prize, the triennial Dutch State Prize for youth literature.From Booklist:
Toda lives with her father above the bakery where he makes 20 different scrumptious pastries every morning. Her mother left a long time ago; she couldn’t cope. Toda’s father enlists to fight in the war in “the south” and leaves Toda with her Gran. When the bombing gets too close, her Gran sends her across the border to live with her mother. And so begins a strange, harrowing journey on buses through forests to welfare homes and agencies, attached to bitter strangers, themselves put upon by the strains of wartime, all in search of a mother she doesn’t know. Toda experiences her exodus with the struggles, hopes, and misunderstandings of a child, and van Leeuwen compounds this sense of confusion by omitting details about the setting. Warm, odd pen-and-ink sketches dot the narrative, adding to the childlike sensibility. By turns charming and disquieting, this challenging slip of a novel offers deep and genuine thoughts about the intersections of war and family. Grades 5-8. --Thom Barthelmess
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Book Description 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Before he becomes a bush, Toda's father is a pastry chef. He gets up at the crack of dawn to bake twenty different sorts of pastries and three kinds of cake. Until, one day, everything cha.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 104 pages. 0.150. Bookseller Inventory # 9781877579165
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Book Description 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Before he becomes a bush, Toda's father is a pastry chef. He gets up at the crack of dawn to bake twenty different sorts of pastries and three kinds of cake. Until, one day, e.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 104 pages. 0.150. Bookseller Inventory # 9781877579165