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Words on Fire

By: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
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Publisher's Summary

Danger is never far from Audra’s family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian - they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous. 

When Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra’s parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate. 

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?

©2019 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

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A must read!!! (Better yet, a MUST listen to!!!)

“To be without learning is to be without eyes.” - Lithuanian proverb
It’s a teacher’s dream to read about people wanting to books so bad that adults and kids were smuggling books into Lithuania from Russia. Book smugglers had their own Underground Railroad to get books, knowledge, into the hand of Lithuanians. These books were their culture, their language, their identities that the Russian Cossack soldiers were trying to vanish.

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Best book 📖 ever!!!!!!!!!

The end of the book was by far my favorite part in the entire book but the characters were really good also.

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historically interesting.

We couldn't stop listening to this book. It has great historical value for young readers.

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Words on fire

I think that this book is the best thing to ever happen in 2019 for books

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Outstanding Book by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I love all of Nielsen's books, but her historical fiction ones are my favorite. She has a unique ability to transport readers to the location and time period if her stories. Her books are gripping and inspiring. Words on Fire was no exception. I loved every second of it and found myself completely lost in it's pages.

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wonderful story

I absolutely love reading historical fiction, especially when it is from Jennifer A Nielsen. This story was captivating and kept you wanting more. The performance of the narrator was perfect for this story.

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A good book for younger readers

The story was good. It was very simple, sometimes predictable. The biggest problem I had was with the narrator. I wouldnt listen to her again.

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This book is exiting and entertaining. I highly recommend this book for its awesome and appropriate storyline.

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Great story

We listened to this for my sons book club. Great heartfelt story. I learned a lot.

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Wonderful Historical MG

I love how Jennifer Nielsen can weave such rich history into a beautiful story. This book addresses heart-breaking events and challenges that anyone can learn from and find ways to relate. I love Audra and how her ignorant fear turns into bravery once she better understands what her world is all about. So many great things to be learned from this book. It took me a little bit to really get into it, but once I did, I loved it. Well done!

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enjoyable story, reading was a bit stilted

I enjoyed the story and although the reader's voice was pleasant enough to listen to, the accent she put on for the boy (Lucas) was stilted and just made the reading sound disjointed. I also learnt more about the history of Lithuania.