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Lydia's Journey

An Armenian Refugee's Story

by (author) Katherine Covell

Somewhat Grumpy Press Inc
Initial publish date
Jun 2023
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
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    Jun 2023
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Ten-year-old Lydia's life is upended in 1915 when soldiers storm her village at the start of the Armenian Genocide. Separated from her parents and younger brother, Lydia is marched from her home in Zeitun, through the desert, and into Syria. She's sold into slavery, and endures years of captivity. When her orphanage arranges her marriage, she emigrates to England, only to find herself in London during the World War II bombing. Inspired by family history and supported by extensive research, Lydia' story is a harrowing but ultimately reassuring story of resilience, faith, and survival.

About the author

Katherine Covell holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a professor emerita and former executive director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University. She has acted as a national and international advocate for children, and has published widely on children’s rights and child development, including the UN report Violence against Children in North America (2005).

Katherine Covell's profile page

Editorial Reviews

A well-written fictional story based on the true events of the Armenian Genocide during World War I. - goodreads