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  • Author:
    Y. Maudet,Anne-Laure Bondoux
  • ISBN:
    0375860363
  • ISBN13:
    978-0375860362
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  • Publisher:
    Ember; Reprint edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Pages:
    192 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Literature & Fiction
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  • Rating:
    4.7
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Also by Anne-Laure Bondoux The Killer’s Tears A Mildred L. Batchelder . Temps des miracles English].

Temps des miracles English].

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Anne-Laure Bondoux, Y. Maudet (Translator). One realistic-fiction book that I read recently was A Time of Miracles. The book's plot points and events are similar to ALWtW in a multitude of ways: a young boy born in a rural land is found traveling to places of refuge after war breaks out. Both books have a theme of loss and recovery.

Bondoux Anne-Laure, Maudet Y.

Random House Children's Books, 9 нояб A Time of Miracles. Издание: перепечатанное.

Random House Children's Books, 9 нояб. Bondoux’s heartbreaking tale of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love. A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.

Anne-Laure Bondoux has received numerous literary prizes in her native France. Among her previous books published by Delacorte Press is The Killer’s Tears, which received the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France and was a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book in the United States.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure; Maudet, .

Bondoux, Anne-Laure; Maudet, Y. Publication date. Refugees, War, Secrets, Survival. New York : Delacorte Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

A refugee boy and his mother flee Georgia in 1989 and travel alone through the Caucasus for eight years to reach France

A refugee boy and his mother flee Georgia in 1989 and travel alone through the Caucasus for eight years to reach France. Koumaïl has always lived with Gloria, who tells him stories of rescuing him from a bombed train and stealing passports from his dead French mother. As civil war engulfs the Caucasus, they escape, moving from one refugee camp to the next, suffering hunger and illness.

Written by Anne-Laure Bondoux. An Excerpt fromA Time of Miracles. Chapter One. My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It’s the pure and simple truth. I was almost twelve years old the day the customs officers found me in the back of the truck.

By Anne-Laure Bondoux Translated by Y. Maudet. About A Time of Miracles

By Anne-Laure Bondoux Translated by Y. Category: Teen & Young Adult Fiction Teen & Young Adult Historical Fiction. About A Time of Miracles. Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the site of a train accident where she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby. The woman, Gloria says, was French, and the baby was Blaise.

Political troubles and civil unrest force a woman and young boy to flee their war-torn country in search of a safe haven in this award-winning novel that speaks to issues that are both timely and universal.   Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the site of a train accident where she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby. The woman, Gloria says, was French, and the baby was Blaise.   When Blaise turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria decides she and Blaise must flee. They make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. During their five-year journey across the Caucasus and Europe as they encounter other refugees searching for a better life, Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent. However, it’s only as a young man can Blaise attempt to untangle his identity.   Bondoux’s heartbreaking tale of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love.     “A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review “The two [Blaise and Gloria] make a perilous, five-year journey westward through war-torn territory, encountering a memorable entourage of fellow refugees with poignant stories of their own. … Though Blaise narrates this splendidly translated novel, Gloria's voice will long resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review “An enchanting novel that mixes grand storytelling with an unflinching look at the harsh realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild

anneli
Great plot twists, just an amazing happy and sad story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. This was great
Ustamya
I loved this book it is so interesting but it is so sad. I would recommend this book to people how like love story's.
Love Me
This is the best book I have ever read and I have read it three times yet it is still the best one out there I am a 17 year old starting quarterback for my high school and I cried...
Friert
This book is one of those books that catches you out! You believe this and that and then the truth comes out in a different ray of light.Hope.
Funny duck
Koumail knows exactly who he is: Blaise Fortune, indisputable and abandoned-through-a-train-accident French boy. Even as the seven-year-old flees the collapsing Soviet Union with Gloria, his beloved mother figure, Koumail knows that there will always be a safe haven for the faux mother-son duo in France.

It turns out to be a journey fraught with hard work and starvation, doubt and heartbreak. Through it all, Koumail merely has to recite one sentence - just one - to make sure he still has the strength to continue. "My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic." It's the pure and simple truth. Or is it?

Wow, A TIME OF MIRACLES is a little 200+ page novel that packs quite a punch. Translated from French, this story is told as an extended flashback laced with intricate details and told in flowing prose. Originally, the synopsis failed to impress me, and I started this book with a feeling of dread, often reminding myself of the fact that I could simply write a scathing review to vent my feelings afterward. Well, I apologize profusely to this book. To put it simply: I was blown away.

This is just a simple story of a boy and a woman, escaping oppression and searching for freedom. And yet it was also emotional and gripping all at once. Ms. Bondoux definitely succeeded in drawing out this reader's sympathy for the two characters.

And Koumail, oh Koumail - funny, sweet, and fiercely protective of Gloria. It isn't possible for someone to not like this little boy. He entertains with his antics, his blind faith, and the three true loves he meets on their short journey. Even while Koumail's begging in front of a random restaurant in the icy coldness, he's still alight with hope.

A TIME OF MIRACLES is a surprisingly moving historical novel. It is one of those books you close with a quiet sigh.

Reviewed by: Cinnamon
adventure time
There was a woman picking peaches in her father's orchard when a train derailed. This woman, Gloria, heard a woman's cries coming from inside a train. The women was French and told Gloria to take her baby Blaise Fortune and gave Gloria their passports. Gloria has raised Blaise as her own, and has given him a proper name of Koumaïl. When Koumaïl turns seven the Caucasus becomes a war filled place and Gloria decides they must flee west to Europe. The traveling spans across five years, with stays here and there. The whole time Koumaïl asks Gloria to repeat the story of how he came to be with her, as if her words would help him figure out who he is.

This was a very fascinating read. Historical Fiction that pulls at your heartstrings. Koumaïl is a young boy and when him and Gloria must flee he has to leave many things behind. As soon as he gets comfortable in one place they must again move on as the war follows at their heels. I really enjoyed following their journey across the continent. Koumaïl was a very interesting character and it was fascinating to hear his account of the trip that he had to make. Seeing everything from a child's point of view makes the whole situation look a whole lot different than if an adult was telling it. A child's perspective though not any lesser of an observation, is often times more naive, a young child simply doesn't know what is going on, often because the adults are trying to shield them from it. This is certainly the case in this novel. Koumaïl is much more worried about leaving his friends and hoping that Gloria is okay, than the war itself which they are fleeing. If you really enjoy a short Historical Fiction read make sure you check this one out, Anne-Laure Bondoux is quite a good author.

First Lines:
"My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It's the pure and simple truth."

Favorite Line:
"Unfortunately, the best of times have to come to an end."
Malara
This was a really interesting book. I wasn't really aware of what life in the Caucasus was like in the 1980's and '90's, and when I read about it, it seemed like something from the past, and made me realize I sometimes take life in the US, away from war, for granted. Though I kind of predicted the ending, as the main character also suspected, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was really well-written and really gives you a heart for refugees from all places.