The Darkest Corner of the World
Resource Links: Best of 2012 List (Rated “E” Excellent)
“As historical fiction is meant to, Madli’s struggle makes Estonia during World War II seem immediate and relatable. Her everyday chores, crushes on boys and daydreams make this a perfect slice-of-life story… this is a good pick for historical fiction collections, particularly since it is an often overlooked piece of history.”
Best of 2012 List here.
CM magazine: “Highly recommended” (3.5*out of 4). Click here.
“In the tradition of well-written historical fiction, Tamberg has managed to strike a healthy balance between fact and fiction throughout… A worthy addition to the historical fiction collection of any library..“
Canadian Children’s Book Centre: Listed in Best Books for Kids and Teens edition (Spring 2013)
Who can you turn to for help, when your only choice is between two evils?
In 1941, Estonia is under the iron rule of the Soviet Union. Fifteen-year-old Madli is struggling to understand why she can’t raise her country’s flag, why soldiers are waiting at every corner, and why her father was taken away in the middle of the night. Her annual vacation to Hiiumaa Island for the Midsummer celebration is the one thing she has to look forward to.
But in the midst of the celebrations, the Nazis invade the Soviet Union, and are on a path that will take them through Estonia. When Madli hears about a band of forest-dwelling freedom fighters determined to overthrow the Soviets at any cost, she is forced to decide whether she’d rather live under the evil regime she knows, or help another evil regime in hopes her father will be freed and her nation’s story heard.
In Canada: Chapters-Indigo Amazon.ca Local bookstores,
In the USA: Barnes & Noble Amazon.com
Dominik Kurek interviews Urve for The Oakville Beaver here .
Blog Interview and Reviews
Curious about Estonia and its history?
To read an EXCERPT, click here.
LISTS: Top Grade Fall 2012 Selection by 49th Parallel. Click here.