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Skateway to Freedom

by Ann Alma

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canada, winter sports, prejudice & racism
list price: $11.99
also available: Paperback eBook
published: 2008
publisher: Dundurn Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 15
7 to 10
Reading age:
12 to 15
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  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award
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Short-listed for the 1995 Silver Birch Award
Eleven-year-old Josie Grun escapes from Communist East Germany with her mother and father one dark night in 1989 just months before the Berlin Wall comes tumbling down. Braving border guards, barbed wire, and rifle shots, Josie reluctantly turns her back on her best friend, Greta, and all that was once familiar. She crosses the ocean to join her uncle in Calgary, attempts to learn a foreign language, and overcomes the prejudices of her schoolmates in order to forge a new life. Clinging to the passion that has always been a comfort, her figure skating, she enters a local competition to prove that she is free on the ice and off.

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Contributor notes

Ann Alma is the author of Under Emily's Sky (available from Dundurn), Summer of Adventures (Sono Nis), Summer of Changes (Sono Nis), and Something to Tell (Riverwood). she lives in South Slocan, British Columbia.

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Ann Alma

Ann Alma's books appears on the children's books bestseller lists and on the British Columbia government's recommended reading lists. She lives on a hobby farm in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia.

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