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Beyond Paradise

by Jane Hertenstein

Published by Morrow, 1999
168 pages
ISBN: 0688163815

Ages 12-15

Fourteen-year-old Louise Keller is astonished and then pleased that her parents have agreed to serve an appointment as Baptist missionaries in the Philippines. At first the Kellers live the somewhat privileged life of Americans in their missionary compound, even if they feel they are making sacrifices. World War II comes to the Philippines, and everyone's lives change, even theirs. This is no longer an adventure. Readers experience Louise's worry about her father being detained in Manila and her anguish as she realizes that her mother's increasingly poor mental health will separate her from that parent, as well. They flee with others to the mountains but are discovered and confined by the Japanese in internment camps. The courage Louise summons to survive the ordeal stays with her until she and her greatly changed family leave the Philippines in 1945. Hertenstein's first novel based in part upon historic events. CCBC categories: Fiction for Teenagers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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