Oskar and Lilli

Oskar and Lilli

Monika Helfer

They have no father and their mother is not up to taking care of them, so Oskar, 7, and Lilli, 9, run away from home. Before long, they are picked up by the police. Their mother is admitted to a clinic and the two children are placed in separate foster homes far away from each other. Now Oskar and Lilli have lost their only consolation: one another. Neither of them is particularly lucky with their new families. At least in the house where Oskar lives, there is an old lady, Erika, with whom he makes friends. As Oskar is the only one who has any time for her and the only person she likes, Erika, who is seriously ill, bequeaths her not inconsiderable inheritance to him. When she dies, Oskar has enough money to go and rescue his sister. Together with Bruno, the lorry driver who gives them a lift, they set off into a future that can only be an improvement on their past. A simply heart-rending, beautiful book in which Monika Helfer gives the children their very own poetic voice.

Oskar and Lilli

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