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“My grandfather’s letting go of his sister is a pain still felt by many of us today. I often imagine the interchange and the feelings he experienced; the pain of loss and the hope in finding. I carry these feelings of great sadness and joy, as my father has before me. They are treasured possessions that we will always have, like a gold cross and a honey jar.”
Kalem Kazarian, the grandson of Peter Kazarian

The Honey Jar: An Armenian’s Escape to Freedom

Written by Joan Schoettler
Published by Bushel & Peck Books

In 1920, eight-year-old Bedros fled Armenia with his young sisters, grandmother, and uncle to escape the Turkish soldiers invading their town. But in the confusion, Bedros lost sight of the adults and was left alone to protect his siblings. Hungry, cold, and overwhelmed with responsibility, Bedros failed to remember his promise to his mother…

Told in verse, suspenseful and heart-rending, The Honey Jar depicts a journey from desperation to freedom, anchored in Bedros’ promise to return to his native land and to find the one he left behind. His story will touch the hearts of families everywhere, especially those who have experienced the longing for a new life.

Primary ISBN: 9781638191544
Publication Date: April 2023
Available As: Hardcover
Middle Grade , Age 08 or older

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Setting: Armenia

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee

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