Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath
Release: November 11, 2014 from Delacorte Press
It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.When I first heard of a YA book about the Armenian Genocide, I knew right away that I had to read it. The cover was almost superfluous. However, seeing this book's face cemented my already-solid decision to pick it up. Its gentle gray tones shroud the story with an atmosphere of sadness, and the unexplained details, such as the nest with the feather, hold so much potential significance. Simple, soft-spoken, and stunning, it proves that covers do not have to be loud to capture readers' attention and guarantees that I will read the book.
Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen's way. But when the Ottoman pashas set their plans to eliminate all Armenians in motion, neither twin has a choice.
After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, Shahen and Sosi flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. Shahen keeps their parents' fate a secret from his sisters. But the children are not alone. An eagle named Ardziv watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.