New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen transports readers to a corner of history with this inspiring story of a girl who discovers the strength of her people united in resisting oppression.
Danger is never far from Audra's family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian -- they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous.

When Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra's parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on October 1, 2019 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 133827547X
ISBN-13: 9781338275476
11 Book Reviews
  • paxthefox88
    paxthefox889 months55 stars
    Just shows how important words. books, reading, and your history is.
    • username456
      username456about 1 year55 stars
      I’m loving it
      • username456
        username456about 1 year55 stars
        This book really has Words on Fire. I’m really enjoying it and it is a great piece by Jennifer A. Neilsen.
        • mythicx135
          mythicx135about 1 year55 stars
          I started and it’s so good
          • goodbookgirl
            goodbookgirlover 1 year55 stars
            I started reading this book, but wasn't able to finish it. But I read enough to know that this is an amazing book!
            • x_goddess_x
              x_goddess_xover 1 year44 stars
              I read it with my 4th grade class, amazing!
              • brokey
                brokeyover 1 year55 stars
                It is so good and makes you fell like you are there.It makes you whant to help them .It is like this is hapning right now and you just want to read it all the time.And you shoud let evry one you know read it.Then you shoud go and read it fitty more times.
                • pandacupcake222
                  pandacupcake222about 2 years55 starsFeatured
                  Audra knows her parents are up to something. So, when her parents are debating something important about telling Audra something, she wishes to know what. The Russian Cossack have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and the language. This makes a ton of people who live in Lithuania annoyed. You would get into big trouble if you were caught speaking Lithuanian or practicing the religion. Audra is even more confused when an angry crowd of Russian Cossack soldiers appear at their door. Her dad motions for Audra and Audra’s mother to flee while he stalls them. Soon Audra’s mother and father can’t go on. In a hurry, they hand her an important package, that Audra has no idea what's inside, and tell her to run. This means abandoning her parents to a terrible, horrible, tragic fate. Meaning the Russian soldiers will do what they like with them. That never means something good. Audra runs for it though, figuring if she doesn’t get caught too, she can figure out a way to save her parents. She joins a secret group of book smugglers and learns how books are more that just words. But will she give it up to save her parents?
                  • pandacupcake222
                    pandacupcake222about 2 years55 stars
                    This was a distinguished book
                    • dragonite36345
                      dragonite36345over 2 years55 stars
                      Super good! So good I bought it!!!