Book cover of "Close to the Wind". Picture of huge ship in harbor, people on dock waving and a tank with a soldier.

Close to the Wind / Jon Walter

There are soldiers everywhere, ten-year-old Malik’s mother is missing, and only his grandfather, Papa, remains. Papa insists they leave on the next ship, The Simaritan, to a new country that promises safety and a new start. The only problem is, they don’t have a ticket. Can they make it on? Will they find Mama in time? A great historical fiction read recommended for ages 8 to 12.

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