Imagine yourself a child, and you are sent away to another country on your own, or with your younger sibling, who can get on your nerves sometimes, while your parents remain behind in the country where you were born and raised. You are told that it would only be 6 months before you are reunited with your parents, and you put all your hopes into a future together, in America, escaping growing persecution of the Nazis in annexed Austria. Thor really threw one event after another to her character, which makes for a great story. This is a great supplement for studying World War II, and for those who love historical fiction. The only hint of romance is a mentally disabled older boy expressing his admiration to Stephie, the older Steiner sister, by gifting her a framed picture of Hitler. The author, Annika Thor, was born and raised in a Jewish family in Sweden. A Faraway Island, a middle-grade historical fiction is the first in a series of four novels about two Jewish sisters, age twelve and eight. Swedish television has also turned the series into a popular television series.