Sarah's Stars

Laura Langston. Lesia’s Dream
HarperTrophyCanada  $15.99 ISBN 0-00-639283-0 209 pg.
Reviewed by Rachael, Age 13

Heritage is like soil. And soil is nothing without seeds. So I give you these memories as seeds. I hope you will honour them and cherish them and pass them along so they may grow and ripen and nourish you, your daughter and her daughters forever.

Rumours have spread in Ukraine, and 15-year-old Lesia and her brother decide, for the better of their family, that it is vital that they flee to Canada to take refuge. Though this may be the perfect plan, there are many things to consider:  How much money will it cost? How will they get the money? Will Lesia ever convince her father that a loan is not a form of charity? Will the Canadians accept them? Will they ever be able to call Canada home?

This is one of many of Laura Langston’s books, and I have to say, it was quite a lot of fun to read. One of my reading strategies that I found difficult at first was making connections. Of course it would be hard as we have so few similarities with the average teenager from back then. But as I got more into the book, I realized that I was completely wrong! We feel the same emotions, sure it might be towards different things, but we think (mainly) the same ways. So, as I journeyed through the book, I found that connections could be made (there was plenty of detail to make you feel, and see the ways the characters did), and I could really understand how life was back then, and realize how easy I have it now.

I give Lesia’s dream 4.5 stars for really opening my eyes to how similar we all really are.


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