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Ers She attends school sporadically makes friends with Wei a Chinese boy and finds work as a performer at a gentlemen's club without her father's knowledgeBut meanwhile the conflict grows intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps More bombing death Can they survive caught in the crossfir Truly a heartbreak

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Tand them And always the worry about Alenka How will she find them? Is she still alive? Meanwhile Lillia is growing up trying to care for Naomi whose development is frighteningly slow in part from malnourishment Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus perform I really wanted to

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Warsaw Poland The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother Alenka disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister Naomi to Shanghai one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas There they struggle to make a life; they have no money there is little work no decent place to live a culture that doesn't unders The author of FORE

10 thoughts on “Someday We Will Fly

  1. says:

    Powerful historical fiction The fact that I just read an excellent adult novel that was about this exact same topic and time period may have taken my appreciation of it from love to like however if you want an outstanding adult story of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII definitely read “The Song of the Jade Lily” by Kirsty ManningETA 2020 Sydney Taylor Award Young Adult The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience

  2. says:

    I don't know how to explain this book other than touching It truly is a very different type of story and experience that Lillian goes through The cultural and language I pact alone but then add I Your mother hovering Japanese soldiers poverty and having to step up at 15 to take care of your sister who clearly has some disabilitiesyou just can't not feel for her I loved how Lillian makes this effort to keep doing little things that remind her of home or her mom but then she also says I can't remember my mom's nameThe pacing is relatively slow but consistent For the most part the book doesn't drag but instead takes its time taking the reader on this long timelineThere's a little bit of heartbreak for me when I look back as a whole but thankfully nothing tore my heart out and left me to die which I find to be rare for WWII books but something I kinda need sometimesI can't exactly explain why but I really happy I own this book because I will absolutely reread it It's uite uniue from other WWII historical fictions that I've read and I could definitely see my views of Lillian's father changing with each read

  3. says:

    The author of FOREIGN BABES IN BEIJING and BIG GIRL SMALL Rachel DeWoskin now brings a new novel to the stage SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY This novel captures an unknown moment in history during World War II and the Holocaust Jewish refugees in ShanghaiBefore May 17th 1940 Lillia's parents Bercik and Alenka were circus performers in Warsaw Lillia had a healthy younger sister Naomi and lived in a comfortable home with her family On May 17th 1940 Lillia’s whole life is turned over Because she is Jewish her mother goes missing and is presumably dead and her comfortable home is gone when her father whisks both her and her sister away on a boat to Shanghai Although she’s far away from the comforts of her home Lillia fights to live again throughout immense struggle including malnourishment and sickness heavy loss and a shortage of jobs and money The lack of money eventually leads Lillia to perform at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge To resist against her everyday struggles she makes puppets reminding her of the good times back in Warsaw and creates a show with them She also becomes friends and develops a crush on Wei a Chinese boy As World War II escalates further when America enters the war Lillia imagines a better time and place so that she could continue living and not be just aliveSOMEDAY WE WILL FLY is an intense and immersive novel Lillia even in her unbelievable situation is somehow relatable Her strong and growing character has you easily entranced by what she’ll do next Each twist and turn leaves you to wonder what would you have done if you were in her place and whether you agree with her actions As a reader you continuously fall into the story and wonder how you would act if she was interacting with you Additionally her living conditions seem impossible to be true and it leads you to wonder what would happen if you lived in such conditionsDeWoskin uses very descriptive language and you can always see what is occurring in the novel It leads you to make your own decisions on what you believe is going on and what should be done It is also interesting to see what both you and Lillia see and miss even though she is seeing the same reactions you’re seeing around her It's also fascinating to see what a teenage girl was thinking at the time about the Holocaust when she was hidden from most of the horrorsIf you like connecting with characters and want to learn some lesser known history SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY is for you Lillia as I mentioned before is captivating character She stands up to conflict and fights to never submit to death but she still has everyday teenage problemsChange happens often and times than not it ends in sadness This book is emotionally taxing and by the time you’re done your emotions are fraught By the end you can barely breathe and at the same time you’re holding your breath wondering what’s going to happen next I highly recommend this book to be read when you have a day to read all day in bedFor history fans learning about the Jewish refugees in Shanghai is fascinating because of how unknown it is to most of us especially in America As someone who has learned about the Holocaust I never knew that Shanghai allowed fleeing Jews into its borders without visas

  4. says:

    An increasing number of books are highlighting a lesser known aspect of World War II the Jews who escaped Europe and found their way to Shanghai Desperate times make people act in ways they might otherwise never consider as Lillia Kazka discovers in “Someday We Will Fly” by Rachel DeWoskin Viking Lillia her father and younger sister flee Poland for Shanghai which was occupied by the Japanese army Lillia’s mother was supposed to leave with them but disappeared when the police raided what was to be her parents’ last acrobat performance in PolandhttpwwwthereportergrouporgArtic

  5. says:

    I really wanted to like this book It highlights a piece of history about which I knew very little and the story seems like a good idea It was just such a slog and I did not find the writing compelling

  6. says:

    Trigger warnings war death Holocaust racism death of a loved one antisemitism serious illness grooming I desperately wanted to love this because like it's a World War II story that's very different to what we usually get in YA Yes it's about a Jewish girl fleeing Poland and the Holocaust with her family but this time they flee to China A China that's already been occupied by Japan for several years But ultimately this was just a little too bleak for my liking I mean I'm not saying that I expected a WWII story about a Jewish girl to be full of hope and happy things But between the extreme poverty and the way the Japanese soldiers treat the Chinese population and the creepy middle section where the protagonist ends up essentially dancing at a sex club and being groomed by a middle aged man who's high up in the Japanese military I justoof Maybe if I'd read it in any other year in my lifetime I would have felt differently But in 2020 this was justa little too real for me Even the sections that should have brought some degree of lightheartedness like going to Girl Guides or making friends were rough because Lillia is trying to fit in with the rich girls from her school when in reality she's like eating dirt to survive So yeah I was interested to read it But it was just bleak

  7. says:

    Rachel DeWoskin it is historical fiction Some day we will fly talks about a 15 year old girl who lived in Poland with her family and then one day her parents were performing and the German soldiers came and raided there building and took her mother so they had to go to china without her even though she didn't want to leave her behind My favorite part of the book is when she meets a Chinese boy at the school she goes to and starts helping him with his work I recommend this book to anyone who likes story's about the Holocaust and historical fictionThis book is so amazing because I never new that china let refugee Jews come to china before it's a whole different side to the story

  8. says:

    Yet another WWII historical setting that I knew little if anything about European Jewish refugees fled by train and boat to Shanghai China Struggling to stay alive they fought to keep their faith traditions alive and create a community there under Japanese occupation A beautiful wrenching story of multicultural friendship—really family—forged through the depravity of war and yearning for a home that may no longer exist

  9. says:

    Truly a heartbreaking account of a Jewish girl most of her family having fled to Shanghai the last place that will allow them entry I was not aware of Jews fleeing to Shanghai and while they didn't jump from the frying pan into the fire they jumped right next to the japanese Worth looking into actual accounts which are neatly documented at the end of the book

  10. says:

    To be completely honest Holocaust era novels aren’t usually my jam I usually find them to be overwrought cliché and overdone Yes I’m a horrible heartless person Yet I was drawn to Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin because it offered something different In my university days I read a couple novels about adolescents fleeing with their Jewish families but never one that featured a Polish family seeking refuge in Shanghai I wasn’t aware that Japanese occupied Shanghai had been an option for Jewish refugees Intrigued I settled in to Lillia’s story and discovered a tale that was both sad and touching while also being full of hope Spoilers follow StoryWritingIt’s 1940 when 15 year old Lillia’s life changes forever The circus that her parents perform at is raided by soldiers Her mother disappears presumed to have been taken by them leaving Lillia with only her father and her infant sister Naomi With her grandmother having also been captured months before Lillia’s father makes the difficult decision to move what’s left of the family from Warsaw to Shanghaiwithout mother This strange land may offer them freedom but it’s not home How will she manage in a place where everything is so different and they have nothing? And most importantly will she ever see her mother again or will the war keep the family apart forever?I have to start by giving DeWoskin major kudos for covering a part of WWII history that I was completely unaware of It’s clear that she did her research on the era and circumstances of the impacted people and it definitely shows in the details she deftly includes This is an era that’s been done to death by other media yet she succeeded to find an intriguing part of it that has been unexplored and I felt like I was learning something new just as much as I was enjoying Lillia’s story as I read That being said this is an incredibly hard story to read at times Lillia her father and her sister may have escaped Poland and their inevitable internment and death there but Shanghai is hardly a paradise for them In addition to the intense emotional distress of leaving their mother behind they face extreme poverty strained relations with Shanghai’s Japanese occupiers and a life rife with illness and death Lillia is forced to grow up uickly stepping in to care for Naomi and later taking a job as a dancer in a gentleman’s club to earn money She faces a lot of life’s hard realities in the couple of years the novel covers both on a personal level and in regards to how the Chinese are treated the plight of her American friends once America enters the war and the challenges of the people she lives with Eually heart breaking is watching her father’s story unfold through her eyes This is one of those things I love about stories through an adolescent’s point of view the subtle story of their parents Here we see a father struggling to hold what’s left of his family together reduced to taking whatever menial labour job he can and often falling short of providing for his daughters all while working through the grief of losing his beloved wife It’s very sad and often difficult to see a once proud parent reduced to the beaten down hopelessness that settles over Lillia’s father But that’s not to say this is wholly a tale of misery The story moves along at a satisfyingly even pace taking us through two years in Shanghai and Lillia’s life We get the bad yes and we see her struggling through school while also doing her part to help her family but there are also some truly heart warming moments The community around her is tight knit and willing to help and share however they can Her friendship with Wei – a Chinese resident – is touching as is her drive to do the best she can in her situation Despite everything she faces she’s full of hope and surrounded by people who want the best for everyone It’s her drive for happiness that stops the story from getting too dark and gives it a light optimistic air even in the hardest of times Her puppet show is uplifting bringing people joy in a time of need and drawing people closer together Lillia’s life in Shanghai is undeniably tough but she soldiers through it determinedly and manages to bring out the best in those around her The story wobbled a bit for me however at the end I’m hardly against a happy ending to an otherwise difficult novel but Lillia’s mother reuniting with them felt unrealistic and a little too convenient I did appreciate that her mother had been through her own trials and was deeply affected by what she’d been through though I couldn’t shake the feeling that it came off as slightly too saccharine for her to survive when so many others in Poland perished Additionally the story just sort of cuts off after Lillia’s puppet show I feel like there’s a lot to Lillia’s tale and I was invested in seeing how she persevered and ultimately what would become of her after the war I guess it’s better to be left wanting than being burnt out but damn did I want I’ll conclude this section by adding that DeWoskin’s writing is very nice I’m not really a stickler for prose but hers hits a beautiful descriptive fluidity that succeeds in carrying the story along without dragging down the pace with needless detail Shanghai comes to life in these pages and it’s clear that the author is passionate about the story she wants to tell RomanceSurprisingly for a Young Adult novel there’s not much romance here Lillia considers her feelings for Wei often and thinks she may be developing than friends feelings for him but it doesn’t progress beyond friendship in the novel The relationship they do share is beautiful crossing racial and socioeconomic boundaries to find common ground – it’s exactly the sort of dynamic I love to see in novels about difficult topics They have their ups and downs but they ultimately want the same thing and work together to achieve it happiness for themselves and everyone around them It’s a very wholesome friendship that I a hater of all things romance wouldn’t have minded seeing become something Lillia also has a complex relationship with Mr Takati a regular at the gentleman’s club who takes a special interest in her dancing and family plight I was initially concerned that this novel would take an incredibly dark turn with these two but I needn’t have worried; what they share is ultimately a patronartist sort of dynamic with nothing past that He’s interested in her dancing as a form of art and nothing – a very interesting relationship that I didn’t expect CharactersLillia is a highly relatable protagonist As stated above she’s forced to grow up incredibly uickly serving as a daughter a mother to her sister and a provider for her family yet she’s still very much a teenage girl DeWoskin does a commendable job of balancing Lillia’s noble motivations of sacrificing everything for her father and sister with some decidedly childish whims The dynamics at school between rich and poor refugees for example clearly aggravate her and sometimes cause her to lash out both out of shame of her situation and anger that some live so much better than her She has moments of almost irrational jealousy toward peers In many ways it’s a perfect juxtaposition of what she should be a carefree teen concerned only about school hierarchy status against what she’s been forced to become a young adult doing what she can for her family Lillia experiences some intense emotions as she grows through the novel – and she definitely grows over the years – and it’s hard not to like her Additionally the first person point of view is wonderfully utilized One of my peeves is when this perspective is used only to conveniently hide stuff from the readers but that thankfully isn’t the case here Lillia’s thoughts and feelings are so vital to the story’s development that the only way to possibly experience it is through her eyes We’re not told what’s happening as much as we experience it and that’s precisely what I want when reading a first person novelThe other characters are all eually well done I’ve already touched on Lillia’s father as a fully realised figure but it’s worth a second mention for how much he stands out Wei and his sister Aili showcase a different sort of struggle – that of the Chinese residents of Shanghai – but they’re than stand ins for it; their interactions with Lillia demonstrate complex personalities I especially liked Rebecca an American who lives in Shanghai with her doctor father She’s wealthy and enjoys a privileged lifestyle but wants to be a friend to Lillia ignoring the obstacles between their status to extend a hand of friendship It would have been easy to make her a typical rich mean girl but DeWoskin chose a interesting direction The characters all serve their roles as people in a different situation than Lillia while also succeeding to be full characters in their own rights Actually I think I like them so much because they feel like they have complicated lives outside of their interactions with Lillia These are people with their own existences not characters that Lillia conveniently bumps into when the plot demands it OverallI was pleasantly surprised by Someday We Will Fly It manages to take a well trodden era of history and explore a completely new side of it The story is both heart wrenching and touching giving us a raw look at a refugee’s life Lillia is a great realistic character that grows considerably over the course of the novel and his hard not to like for how doggedly determined she is to spread hope The attention to detail is deft and the writing is delightfully fluid My sold complaint is the convenience of the unrealistic happy ending – for a novel that didn’t shy away from some really harsh realities I suppose I just expected Four stars

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