The Sky Over Rebecca

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Pub Date 14 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 15 May 2022
Hachette Children's Group, Hodder Children's Books

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When mysterious footprints appear in the Stockholm snow, ten-year-old Kara must discover where they've come from - and who they belong to. The trail of footprints leads Kara to Rebecca, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, and her younger brother Samuel. Kara realises they are refugees - from another time, World War Two - and are trying to find their way home.

The grief and loneliness that Rebecca and Samuel have endured is something Kara can relate to - feeling like you're always on the outside looking in - and she finds herself compelled to help them escape. Through her eyes, we rediscover the magic that lies in the world around us, if only we have the courage to look for it.

Kara is a heroine for modern times: fragile but fierce, in this utterly compelling story from a stellar new voice in children's literature, Matthew Fox

When mysterious footprints appear in the Stockholm snow, ten-year-old Kara must discover where they've come from - and who they belong to. The trail of footprints leads Kara to Rebecca, a...

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Having read this in the days after the Holocaust Memorial Day, it felt even more important and poignant. Kara lives in Stockholm with her mother and lives a rather lonely life. Her mum is loving but works long hours to provide for them. Her Grandad is getting older and though she sees him regularly, there is an undercurrent of awareness that he has little time left.

Noticing a snow angel with no footprints one evening and some footprints on the roof, Kara gets stuck into a mystery. One that will have far reaching consequences. Somehow time has been altered and Kara meets Rebecca and Samuel…Jewish refugees on the run from Germans who would rather see them dead than alive.

Drawn into their terrifying quest for survival, Kara gets a very real sense of the fear, hunger and uncertainty that Rebecca and Samuel were living through in 1944.

I was so captivated by the initial mystery and while it isn’t exactly a ghost story, there are elements of this.

It was an amazing tale of courage, kindness and helping wherever you are able. Kara finds her courage from watching Rebecca provide for her younger brother in dire circumstances. She uses this courage to fight off a bully and find a way forward for herself.

Sad, honest and incredible. Ideal for schools studying the Holocaust- it provides some opportunities for deep thinking and empathy.

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The Sky Over Rebecca is a book quite unlike anything I’ve read in the past, and indeed unlike anything I’m likely to read in the future. I found it simply breathtaking and I sit, in tears, writing this review, feeling profoundly moved and utterly awestruck.

Matthew Fox is an exceptional talent: everything about this book is spellbinding. There’s simplicity within its complexity, there’s hope within its despair - it’s an incredible achievement as a piece of literature.

Following the story of ten-year-old Kara, this book interweaves two worlds, two times and two lives. It is a harrowing look at the adversity faced by Jews as part of World War 2, whilst also serving as a stark reminder of the importance of learning from the past in order to change the future:

I thought this book was incredible. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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