The Courtyard Children

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Marija Poljak
Release date:
15th October 2020
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Product Overview

An #ownvoices story featuring powerful themes of love, friendship, war, identity and forgiveness.

Mileva’s family tree includes resistance fighters and patriots, and she was raised on the values of brotherhood and unity. Marko was born into a family where love is earned, not given, and was branded early on as a troublemaker and a lost cause.

Despite their differences, the two grow to become best friends.

Yet as the 1990s approach, Yugoslavia begins to crumble and ethnic tensions arise. No longer inseparable, their different cultural backgrounds force Mileva and Marko apart.

Through tragic events Mileva struggles to make sense of her identity as she attempts to salvage all that is left of the life and love she once had.


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    Posted by Jackie Randall on 16th Oct 2022

    I read this book during the horrific attacks on the Ukraine. Although the circumstances are very different in this book based on the troubles of Yugoslavia, the story gives a timeless glimpse into the lives of families, especially children during political and physical conflict. It particularly follows the lives of Mara and Marko from their earliest childhoods. 'The Courtyard Children' is a fantastic read that I'd highly recommend to mid-teens and older.