By Marguerite Elias Quddus
“I’m ready, but I’m overcome with sadness. Mama hugs us and kisses us: ‘Goodbye, children! Go, and don’t look back….’”
With these last words from their mother, two little girls, Marguerite and her older sister, Henriette, start on a long and wandering journey that will last three years. Given new identities, they must forget everything about their former, familiar lives. Taken from farms to convents, they learn how to remain silent, to pretend, to lie in order to survive, to adapt repeatedly to new environments. Through it all, they manage to keep their hopes alive. This story, beautifully illustrated by Marguerite Elias Quddus, tugs at our hearts and allows us a remarkable insight into history through the eyes of a very young child.
About the Author
Marguerite Elias Quddus was born in Paris, France. She and her husband, Abdul Quddus, married in 1965 and when he was offered a teaching position in Vancouver, the couple moved to Canada where their son, Michael, was born. They later settled in Montreal where Marguerite became very involved in volunteer teaching. Today, she is extremely active in giving talks about her war experience, travelling back to France to visit friends and spoiling her young grandson, Nicolas.
- Release: August 31, 2013
- $14.95 Paperback
- 224 Pages
- 6 x 9
- ISBN: 9781897470367
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