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) 

Darkest Corner New Cover

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     Local bookstores

In the USA:    Barnes & Noble  

Everywhere:  Kobo     Kindle

Published by Dancing Cat Books, an imprint of Cormorant Books.    ISBN 978-1-77086-214-2



Visit the Open Book Ontario website to read Urve’s interview for their On Writing series here, and for her interview for their Fiction Craft series here.

Marsha Skrypuch interviews Urve for The Winnipeg Review here.

Dominik Kurek interviews Urve for The Oakville Beaver here .

Blog Interview and Reviews

Sharon ClareElaine CouglerSherry IsaacMaureen McGowanMahtab NarsimhanDorette Snover

Curious about Estonia and its history?

To see photos that inspired scenes in The Darkest Corner of the World, please visit Urve`s Pinterest page.


To read an EXCERPTclick here.

LISTS:  Top Grade Fall 2012 Selection by 49th Parallel. Click here.



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