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Greater Than Angels Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068983084x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689830846
  • ASIN: 068983084X
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Deported from Germany to Vichy France during WWII, Anna is sent to Le Chambon, a refuge for Jews. PW called it "an inspiring and memorable lesson in courage." Ages 9-12. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8ASet in Vichy, France, this novel covers a section of Europe often overlooked in Holocaust literature. Anna, 13, along with her mother, her aunt, and grandmother, are deported from Germany to Gurs, a refugee camp on the French-Spanish border. The details of the journey and the terrible conditions there are vividly and realistically described. Anna's grandmother dies and the girl's mother and aunt are eventually removed to a concentration camp and never heard from again. Relief workers arrange for Anna and some of the other young people to be sent to the village of Le Chambon where French citizens take them in and allow them to live with some semblance of normalcy. Anna is a strong young woman with a flair for acting and singing and a penchant for telling corny jokes. She and her friends spend long hours discussing the "why" of what is happening to the Jews of Europe, trying to understand a universe in which such evil could exist. A budding romance between Anna and Rudi, a childhood friend, gives a little extra zest to the plot. The French gendarmes who are collaborating with the Nazis provide a sharp contrast to the actions of the local people, who literally risk their lives to help the Jewish children. A map clearly shows the areas where the story takes place. In an afterword, Matas tells of interviews she had with survivors who spent the war years in Le Chambon. This well-researched historical novel will make a good addition to middle-school collections.ABruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"kyara"
I think anyone who has to do a project on a holocaust, should read this book.
Katie
This is a powerful book that is very sad but also very funny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Greater than Angels is a suspenseful and inspiring book about a Jewish girl's survival during World War II and about resistance to the war. When Nazis send Anna, grandma Oma, her mom, and her Aunt Mina to a refugee camp in France, Anna's adventure begins. When Anna and other children get taken to live at a Swiss Red Cross house, Hannah and her friend's brother Rudi start some kind of resistance by handing out false papers for people that want to get out of France. Even though they are protected by the Red Cross, they still have to hide from Nazis because as the war gets more serious the Nazis want to collect Jews put them in concentration camps.
I love the way that this book is written because when you think everything is all right, something else happens. This book is such a thriller to read, I couldn't put it down! It is written in first person, so I always knew Anna's feeling about what was happening. It really gave me a different view of the war because this book didn't take place in a concentration camp.
My favorite part was when the kids would have conversations about God. I like to know all of the different perspectives on God. Some were saying, "If there is a God, why is this happening?" I bet that's what a lot of the Jews thought. However, that is not Anna's view. She basically says, "We all have the power to do good and evil; the people doing this to us have chosen evil." That is kind of how I feel about God, too, so I can relate to how Anna feels. This tells me that Anna is smart and devoted to God.
Mostly, this was a very good book. I liked reading about her experiences in the refuge camp, and it was exciting when they were hiding from the Germans, but sometimes I thought it was a little unrealistic, or slow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie on November 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When a young girl named Anna is shipped off to a concentration camp with her mother, aunt, and grandma she makes things seem so much better than they really are with her jokes and songs.She dreams about plays and concerts not only to her own satisfaction, but also to calm others. Along the way she makes friends, and creates a special relationship with her friend Klara's older brother Rudi. Anna also helps Rudi deliver fake papers to other people in danger to escape the Nazies. This book was one of the best, most suspenseful books I've ever read. I think anyone who has to do a project on a holocaust, should read this book. Even if you dont have a project to do, you should read it anyway. Its an easy read and easy to follow so if your looking for a short, easy book read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
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This book has been the best one I have read by Carol Matas. Her story touched my heart deeply, and I will soon pick up the book again and re-read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather on November 25, 2001
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This book, Greater than Angels, is a very good book. It think it shows you what really happened during the Holocaust. It is very cruel that Anna, her friends and family were taken away to camps just because they were Jewish. This book is sad and you never know what will happen next. Anna also makes the book funny because of the jokes that she makes to try to make everyone laugh. You never know if they are going to get caught by the Nazis or if the will survive horrible conditions that they go through. I liked the ending because it was surprising in a way but it was also kind of sad. I reccomend this book to anyone, even if you are not really interested in the Holocaust.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on December 11, 2002
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Greater Than Angels is a great book.It takes place during the fall of 1940.Anna Hirsch and her family and friends are Jews and they get deported from Germany to France by the Nazis.They are put in a refugee camp in Gurs.Anna and other younger children are aranged to go to Le Chambon.Rudi and Klara which are two of Anna friends live with her at a Swiss Red Cross home.Rudi gets it arraged for Klara and Anna to go to Switzerland .When Anna and Klara are getting on the train.Anna and Rudi realize they have feelings for each other.This is a powerful book that is very sad but also very funny.I hope you like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Luciano VINE VOICE on February 9, 2007
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Anna is a Jewish teen living in Germany when the Nazis start rounding up Jews and killing them. Anna and her mother, aunt, and grandmother are loaded into a train with many of their neighbors and brought to France, a place where Nazis are not yet in control. When they get off the train, though, they are put into a refugee camp with conditions nearly as bad as the German concentration camps. The French people see them as dangerous because they are Germans, even though the German Nazis are trying to exterminate them. When the Nazis start moving toward France and it begins to look like they might be in danger where they are, Anna and several other young people are sent to live in the French town of Le Chambon, where there are people who will protect them. In Le Chambon, they are able to go to school, to work, and to study the Jewish religion. Anna helps another boy from her town, Rudi, to forge papers so people can leave the country before the Nazis come. Even when the Nazis invade, the people of Le Chambon continue to hide the Jews who are refugees there. They take these people into their homes and find hiding places for them, and no one in town tells the Nazis where the Jews are. Still, there are Nazi raids more and more often, putting Anna and her friends into more and more danger. Can they escape to Switzerland while there's still time?

This story is based on truth--the town of Le Chambon really did exist in France, and during the Holocaust the people there kept Jews safe in their homes. I liked reading this book and knowing that there were good people who were willing to put their own lives at risk in such a dangerous time in order to save the lives of others.

A weak point of the story is the romance. I could see it coming right from the beginning, and it was very contrived. The story would have been just as strong without this element.
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