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In 1937, Frania is a typical Polish teenager, sneaking out her bedroom window at night to go to dances and falling in love with boys her father does not approve of. Then her world turns upside down when her country is invaded first by the Germans, and then by the Russians. She and her family are deported to a labor camp in Siberia, where they endure many hardships. Even after being granted amnesty, they spend years trying to escape Russia. Some family members do not survive, and others become separated during their travels. Before reaching her beloved Poland once again, Frania learns many important lessons about love, friendship, and survival. Escape from Russia is a wonderful coming-of-age story of historical significance, highly suitable for adult and young adult audiences alike.