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Crow Stone

by (author) Gabriele Goldstone

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2022
World War II
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12


The evocative story of Katya's epic winter journey through Prussia and her eventual imprisonment by the Red Army. It is January 1945, the last winter of the Second World War, and East Prussian civilians flee as the feared Red Army invades Germany in the wake of the impending Nazi defeat. Katya and her two sisters join thousands of others trudging to the Baltic Sea in the hope of escaping imprisonment. But in a raid on a night-time hiding place, Katya is separated from her sisters and forced to take a long and shameful journey back into the Soviet Union, a country she fled as a child when her home was destroyed. Captured and imprisoned by the Russians, she is forced to endure hunger, back-breaking work and filthy conditions labouring in a mine deep in the Ural Mountains. But Crow Stone is also a story of friendship and the small acts of mercy that help Katya survive her ordeal. The novel is inspired by Gabriele Goldstone's mother's powerful memories of more than two years in a Soviet forced labour camp. A remarkably contemporary tale of invasion and the plight of refugees.

About the author

Gabriele Goldstone’s well-received novels have been nominated for numerous awards. She writes the books she wishes she could have read while growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba as the self-conscious firstborn of postwar immigrants. To learn more about the research behind her novels:

Gabriele Goldstone's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Goldstone paints the horrors of war vividly and comprehensively. [Crow Stone is] difficult, harsh, and worthy of attention." - Kirkus
"An engaging story from the start." - Booklist
"Packed with vivid detail, Crow Stone gives an unflinching view into the horrors and unbearable loss of the Second World War and its aftermath." - Barbara Nickel, BC & Yukon Book Prize winner
5 Stars "Highly Recommended" - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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