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The Story That Cannot Be Told
The Story That Cannot Be Told | J. Kasper Kramer
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A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989. Ileana has always collected stories. Some are about the past, before the leader of her country tore down her home to make room for his golden palace; back when families had enough food, and the hot water worked on more than just Saturday nights. Others are folktales like the one she was named for, which her father used to tell her at bedtime. But some stories can get you in trouble, like the dangerous one criticizing Romanias Communist government that Uncle Andrei publishedright before he went missing. Fearing for her safety, Ileanas parents send her to live with the grandparents shes never met, far from the prying eyes and ears of the secret police and their spies, who could be any of the neighbors. But danger is never far away. Now, to save her family and the village shes come to love, Ileana will have to tell the most important story of her life.
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ImperfectCJ
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Soft pick for this one. My son and I read this as part of level 7 of Build Your Library homeschool curriculum. It's a kid's-eye-view of the events leading up to the Romanian Revolution in 1989. I'll have to ask my friend who grew up in Romania during this time how accurate it is because it's a lot like the stuff us 80s kids were told about Communist countries, and I'm never sure how much of that was Cold War propaganda. Fun story, though.

mandarchy I went to school across the street from the Romanian embassy when it happened. I got the feeling from the French media that no one knew what was going on in Romania until the coup. The Berlin Wall also came down while I was there. We really weren't sure what was going on until 1989. 2mo
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Ileana‘s parents make the drastic decision to send Ileana to live with her grandparents, grandparents she had never met, far from the prying eyes of the secret police and their spies who could be any of the neighbors. But danger is never far away and Ileana soon finds herself having to tell the most important story of her life in order to save her family and her village.