Russia 1918. A band of 800 children, spending the summer in the Urals to escape the miseries of the Revolution, are cut off behind the lines and eventually forced to beg and steal for their survival as the harsh winter approaches. American newspaper editor, Riley Allen, working for the Red Cross as a press officer, hears about the children and heads a team to rescue them. Since they cannot go west back to Petrograd, he takes them east across Siberia to Vladivostok, but when the Japanese capture the town he is forced to think again. He hires a small Japanese freighter, fits it out to accommodate 900 people, and sails across the Pacific to San Francisco, then through the Panama Canal, up to New York and across the Atlantic to Europe. After an epic and eventful journey of over two years, the children cross the Finnish/Russian border and are returned to their parents.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 – 16 yrs
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is based on a true story. I read a non-fiction book about it and thought it would make a good novel, keeping as closely as possible to the facts.
I contacted a film producer who had made a short documentary about the story having done a lot of research, and he allowed me access to it.
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Stephanie Baudet has written over 80 books for children and two novellas for adults. She currently writes series books for Sweet Cherry Publishing in the UK and has worked as tutor for two distance learning writing academies for twenty years.
Stephanie lives in the beautiful Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England.