Article Title

Words on Fire


Karen Abbott


Lithuania, Occupation, Smuggling, Books, Courage, Intermediate, Young Adult, Dependable

Document Type

Book Review


Early one morning in Lithuania, Russian soldiers invade Audra's home, capturing her parents. Urged on by her mother, Audra runs to the forest with a book her mother wants her to deliver to a woman in a neighboring town. While Audra resents books because her parents risked everything smuggling them, she learns quickly that a book is more than words on a page. Finding that books are a country's heritage, culture, and freedom, she soon joins the crusade to bring books to the Lithuanian people. Proving to be a very creative and courageous girl, she teams up with a group of like-minded people all while hoping to be reunited with her parents.