Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Cunningham, Laura.
New York : Laura Geringer, 2005.
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
ISBN 0060722606
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Zoya started out life as an orphan in Russia but she was adopted by a single mother and came the the United States when she was four.  But some of her old life in Russia still haunts her sometimes.  Zoya is 12-years-old now and you would think that her life in Russia would be behind her.  But when her mother goes into the hospital for a week, Zoya begins to worry that she will never come home.  And that Buka, the old woman who waits in the shadows to snatch orphans, will come to get Zoya.  To help herself through these dark days, Zoya writes a diary full of her thoughts and fears.  Will Zoya's mother come back or is it more serious than she let on?
SUBJECTS:     Fear -- Fiction.
                        Coming of age -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Intercountry adoption -- Fiction.
                        Adoption -- Fiction.
                        Russian Americans -- Fiction.
                        Diaries -- Fiction.
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