The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther HautzigThe Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia

byEsther Hautzig

Paperback | June 30, 1987

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In the bitter desolation of Siberia, Esther and her family fight to stay alive.

It is June 1941. The Rudomin family has been arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists--enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia.

For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.

Notable Children's Books of 1968 (ALA)
1968 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book
Outstanding Children's Books of 1968 (NYT)
1969 Jane Addams Award
1971 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
Nominee, 1969 National Book Award for Children's Literature
1969 Shirley Kravitz Children's Book Award
1987 Deutsche Jugenliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize) "Honorable List"
1969 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)

Esther Hautzig is the author of many books for children and adults. The Endless Steppe is an autobiographical account of her childhood in Siberia. It was a 1969 National Book Award nominee and an ALA Notable Children's Book of 1968. It also received the 1969 Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the 1971 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Mrs....
Title:The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in SiberiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 0.51 inPublished:June 30, 1987Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006447027X

ISBN - 13:9780064470278

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tragic and inspiring coming of age through unfortunate history The reader will experience Esther's physical progression from Poland to Siberia, but more touching, her personal maturity while being labeled an enemy of the state. This book showcases the basic human needs for family, survival, acceptance, and facing tragedy. A great pairing with Anne Frank's Diary that shows how the idea of home, family, and identity can change, especially through trying times. A great read, for the young adolescent to adult.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Assigned Reading I had to read this for school, and I hate reading books for school. But this book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. Easy to read and captivating until the end, it is a story I will never forget. This isn't the typical story of experience I was accustomed to learning about in school, so it was great to see another perspective of how WW2 effected those in Europe.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endless Steppe Esther lives in Poland. She awakes to soilders in her house. Next thing she knows, she is in a cattle car with her mother, father and grandmother on her way to Siberia. Travel back with a young teenager to world war 2 in Siberia. go with her from house to house and experince her father leaving, grandfather dying and hate from others.
Date published: 2000-12-16

From Our Editors

A young Polish girl, her mother, and her grandmother, taken prisoners by the Russians during World War II and shipped to a forced-labor camp in a remote, impoverished Siberian village, somehow manage to stay together and alive through near starvation and harsh arctic winters.

Editorial Reviews

"The author of this deeply moving personal narrative spent her years between ten and fourteen as a Polish deportee in a remote, impoverished Siberian village. Taken prisoner by the Russians in 1941 and shipped by cattle car to a forced-labor camp, Esther, her mother, and her grandmother managed to stay together and to keep each other alive through near starvation and arctic winters." (BL.)