By Aki Ollikainen, Emily Jeremiah, and and, Fleur Jeremiah
1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s wife from the north, sets off on foot through the snow with her two young children. Their goal: St Petersburg, where people say there is bread. Others are also heading south, just as desperate to survive. Ruuni, a boy she meets, seems trustworthy. But can anyone really help?Tweet
An outstanding, if bleak and brutal, novel describing one starving family's journey through the snow during the Finnish famine in 1867. It's a harrowing account but once started it has to be finished to know whether there's any light at all at the end of the tunnel. During their journey they, and therefore the reader, meet other people and families trying to survive the famine and harsh weather conditions in their own ways. A grim read, but well worth it.