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Torch



by
Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Carolrhoda Lab
ISBN
9781728415680
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Punishment/Execution , Discrimination: Neurodivergence , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Self-Harm Reference/Discussion , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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Three teens struggle to carve out futures for themselves under a totalitarian regime.

Czechoslovakia, 1969

Seventeen-year-old Pavol has watched his country's freedoms disappear in the wake of the Soviet Union's invasion. He's seen his own dreams disappear too. In a desperate, fatal act of protest against the oppressive new government, he sets himself on fire in public, hoping to motivate others to fight for change.

Instead, Pavol's death launches a government investigation into three of his closest friends. Štepán finds his Olympic hockey ambitions jeopardized and must conceal his sexual orientation from authorities who could use it against him. Tomáš has already been accused of “antisocial” behavior because he struggles to follow the unwritten rules of everyday interactions, and now he must work even harder to meet the expectations of his father, the regional leader of the communist party. And aspiring film director Lída, Pavol’s girlfriend, is pregnant with his child, which brands her a traitor by association and upends all her plans.

With their futures hanging in the balance, all three must decide whether to keep struggling to survive in the country Pavol died hoping to save . . . or risk a perilous escape to the other side.

Content warning. Discussion questions. Author’s note. Historical note. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Punishment/Execution , Discrimination: Neurodivergence , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Self-Harm Reference/Discussion , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

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Format

Print

Page Count

328

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

HL760L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2023

Book Genres

Historical Fiction

Topics

Communism. Suicide. Defectors. History of Czechoslovakia, 1968–1989. Families. Friendship. Refugees. 

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