Ivan & Anastasia: Winter Under Siege
By Chris McGurk
Leningrad, USSR, December 1941. The city is gripped by a freezing winter and World War II has brought the German Army to its gates. A cruel siege has begun, and conditions are deteriorating for the millions of civilians trapped inside the city as supplies dwindle rapidly.
A 10 year old girl, Anastasia, struggles to survive on her meagre food allowance. Then, just days before Christmas, some of her ration cards are stolen, plunging her family into crisis. So when her friend, Ivan, proposes a daring plan to find more food on the night of Christmas Eve, Anastasia reluctantly agrees. But a freezing, starving city is a dangerous place for children to go wandering after dark, and Ivan and Anastasia are unprepared for the menace that awaits them...
Book Length: Novella – 60-150 Pages
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