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Hanne's Farewell to Juarez
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Publisher:  Wings ePress ISBN-10:  159088696X Type: 


Copyright:  May 1 2000


Hanne Romney and her family enjoy a simple life in Juarez, Mexico until things begin to change with the Mexican Revolution of 1911.

In 1911 a small colony of Americans living in Mexico will have their lives turned upside by the coming of the infamous bandit Pancho Villa and his men. Hanne Romney and her family enjoy the simple of things of life in Juarez—laughter, sharing, good food, working together. They’re certainly not rich, but they know the value of pulling together in hard times. Then things start to change, strange men come into town. Fathers and husbands start carrying guns. There’s talk of leaving for America! Come and visit Hanne and the other Romney children as they experience life in the early years of the last century. Excerpt
To eight year old Hanne Romney, an American living in Colonial Juarez, life is hard but good. But then things begin to change with the coming of Mexican Revolution in 1911. How will Hanne and her family adjust to the changes in their lives?

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Rainy Day Corner
I have to admit the last young adult book I read was Book four of Harry Potter. When I picked up Hanne's Farewell to Juarez I wondered if it could hold my attention as an adult. Two hours later I had my answer! This lovely little book held my attention from the beginning.

Hanne is a delightful fully developed character that tells the reader a story of her life as an American living in Colonial Juarez right before the Mexican Revolution. Sara V. Olds based the story on her family oral history. Olds has created a story young and old will enjoy. The story is written simply and eloquently from third grade Hanne's point-of-view. You can't help but continue to read and follow Hanne on her journey.

After I finished the book my ten-year-old Harry Potter addicted daughter picked it up and to my surprise disappeared into her room and by bedtime had handed me the book and said that she loved Hanne and her courage. So between my daughter and me we're giving this one four thumbs up!

Linda S. Dupie, Editor,

Read it! A way and time of life gone forever is recreated with loving care...This books is an enjoyable read for adults as much as it is for children.

McQuark Review
A small, tight-knit community of people whose religion differs from that of their neighbors is harassed and threatened by armed men and warned to vacate homes and businesses. They bury their valuables, including Grandmother's precious harpsichord, and then, in the middle of the night, they pack a few belongings and hasten to a waiting train headed for the international border. A child tries not to cry as she realizes her favorite doll has been left behind.

No, this is not Germany, this is Mexico, and the refugees are not Jews but Mormons, forced out by the soldiers of Pancho Villa in a little-known historic episode. Let others debate the rightness of Villa's cause. Sara V. Olds relates only the wrenching experiences of Hanne, her parents, and her extended family. Basing her story on family oral history, Olds has miraculously hit on just the right tone, neither polemical nor pedantic. By sticking firmly to the viewpoint of third-grader Hanne, she has created a true and tender story that is admirable in its simplicity.

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