Stones in Water

When Roberto decides to sneak away to attend a movie one afternoon, he has no idea that it means he will never see his parents again.

German soldiers raid the theater, round up the boys and send them to a work camp.

As Roberto and his friend Samuele struggle to survive, they vow to stay together, no matter what.

But Samuele’s secret could get them both killed – and the language barrier between all the boys prevents them from plotting escape.

But as the days go by, Roberto learns different Italian dialects, which helps him survive the brutal conditions.

Eventually, he’s able to escape. Although separated from Samuele, Roberto is determined to find his way back to his home town in the midst of war.

Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli is set in Italy and other parts of Europe during World War II.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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