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Danger is never far from Audra’s family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian - they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous. 

When Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra’s parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate. 

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?

©2019 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

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  • jj the jetplan
  • 12-01-20

Best book 📖 ever!!!!!!!!!

The end of the book was by far my favorite part in the entire book but the characters were really good also.

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  • Patricia F.
  • 04-01-20

historically interesting.

We couldn't stop listening to this book. It has great historical value for young readers.

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  • 21-11-19

Words on fire

I think that this book is the best thing to ever happen in 2019 for books

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  • Jaclyn Clements
  • 04-11-19

Outstanding Book by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I love all of Nielsen's books, but her historical fiction ones are my favorite. She has a unique ability to transport readers to the location and time period if her stories. Her books are gripping and inspiring. Words on Fire was no exception. I loved every second of it and found myself completely lost in it's pages.

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  • C. Stradling
  • 23-10-19

wonderful story

I absolutely love reading historical fiction, especially when it is from Jennifer A Nielsen. This story was captivating and kept you wanting more. The performance of the narrator was perfect for this story.

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  • Andrea Cavanaugh
  • 12-09-21

Outstanding, riveting historical fiction!

The performance does the historical fiction justice! Another excellent Jennifer A. Nielsen novel at its best!

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  • Katherine North
  • 09-11-20

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I just love this book it’s so good so thrilling and it has a great narrator and I love it so much

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  • 04-10-20

Absolutely Moving!

This story shook me to my core! it was AMAZING! I couldn't put the book down, and read it all in one day!

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  • Maria Bjugstad
  • 11-08-20

A must read!!! (Better yet, a MUST listen to!!!)

“To be without learning is to be without eyes.” - Lithuanian proverb
It’s a teacher’s dream to read about people wanting to books so bad that adults and kids were smuggling books into Lithuania from Russia. Book smugglers had their own Underground Railroad to get books, knowledge, into the hand of Lithuanians. These books were their culture, their language, their identities that the Russian Cossack soldiers were trying to vanish.

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  • Maggie
  • 15-04-20

awesome book

narrator was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it.awsome book. great, amazing and had a great ending.