Gavriel Savit's book takes place in Poland during World War II. The main character is a seven year old girl named Anna, whose father is one day called to a mysterious meeting. When her father doesn't return Anna is left alone - that is, until she meets the Swallow Man. The Swallow Man and Anna travel through the woods for years, facing challenges that change their lives while managing to avoid being captured by Nazis and Soviets. At one point during the war, Anna and the Swallow Man have nothing to eat, and must find food amongst the bodies of the dead. My favourite part of this book is the character, Anna. I like her because despite all of her difficulties, she always remains thoughtful, curious, adventurous, brave, and kind. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes some adventure, and a good story about a girl who overcomes adversity.
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