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Length: 128 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 12
Grade Level: 4 - 7

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From Publishers Weekly

"Marissa squirmed in her seat with a stomach crying out for food," begins this fact-based novel about a Polish family that hides two Jewish brothers during WW II. Unfortunately, such prose frequently blunts the life-and-death urgency of Drucker and Halperin's subject matter as well as their evocation of the terror and courage of their protagonists. The most heroic gestures don't quite ring true--for example, Alex Roslan, the head of the Polish family, sells his apartment to the first person he meets when Jacob, one of the Jewish boys, needs an operation and a bribe is required to quiet the nurse. The authors, furthermore, often inject composition-class-style conclusions into their narrative ("The juxtaposition of amusement and death left him without words"). They are much better at the smaller moments: when Alex brings home a single white roll and gives it to Jacob, the boy avoids looking at Alex's little daughter ("She must hate me. . . . I guess I don't blame her"); one of Jacob's brothers joins him in hiding, and Jacob's relief quickly turns to jealousy. Enough of these moments exist to engage the reader's imagination, if not to infuse the story with unflappable authenticity. Ages 7-11.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 5-9-- The year that she is eight, Marissa asks a fifth question at the family Passover Seder. She wants to know who the two guests are who have been staying with her family; they are participating in and enjoying the Seder, and they're "not even Jewish." The response is what her father calls a story from the heart, the story of how Alex and Mela Roslan saved him and his brother during the Holocaust. The remainder of the book is that story, set in Poland between 1941-1945. Characters are well developed and multidimensional, and the story is a poignant one. While it might be difficult for today's readers to understand the kind of heroism and goodness demonstrated by the Roslan family, who risked their lives every day to protect children who were not even related to them, they will become immersed in another time and place. Powerful emotions are described and presented in an understandable format. This is a fictionalized account of a true story and real people; unfortunately, no mention is made of the relationship between the authors and the characters. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a fifth grade teacher I read Jacob's Rescue for the first time with my class after our reading teacher spoke so highly of it. She and I will continue to include it each year. It is a great book to spark an interest in fifth graders about the Holocaust. The fact that it is based on true events manages to hit home that this awful and tragic event ACTUALLY happened.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We are the most excellent and often noisy class of 5T from Holland Elementary School in Holland, MA. We read Jacob's Rescue for literature study in our unit on the Holocaust. The book we just read is about when a Polish family tries to keep alive three Jewish brothers during the Nazi occupation in World War II. The story is about a boy who was saved, along with his brother, from the Warsaw ghetto. They lived with a family, but they still felt scared of the Nazis. The book tells about the terrifying encounters with the Nazis. There are several reasons why we liked this book. It tells in great detail what happened to regular people during the Nazi occupation. We liked the part about when the family fled Warsaw because we were glad that they were able to escape to safety. We liked Jacob's Rescue because it was an emotional and realistic book. It made some of us cry when people died. It made some of us shout for joy when people got away from the Nazi invasion. Some of us had a few criticisms of the book. Because the book was so realistic there was a lot of violence and death. Some of us did not like that. People were blown up, people lay in puddles of blood, and a dead dog was dragged away to be someone's dinner. Some of us also felt the pace of the book was too rapid; the book lacked detail because it moved too quickly. At one point they skipped two years in Jacob's life. We got a little confused about characters' ages at different points in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hill on February 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jacob’s Rescue by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin is a story that takes place in Poland during World War II. It is a heart-breaking story about a Jewish boy named Jacob who lives in the ghetto and is trying to survive after the invasion of Hitler. The family that helps Jacob and his siblings is Yurek, Meriska, Alex, and Mela. This Polish family was one of the only families to sacrifice their lives for Jews. They were determined and brave and escaped outside the city limits.
This story is about Jacob who must escape the ghetto to go live with a family he has never met before. The family has to move many times to keep the Nazi’s away. Eventually, they are able to take in Jacob’s brothers, Sholom and David. Sholom and Yurek catch scarlet fever and Yurek, being a non-Jew, is able to receive medicine from the hospital. He saves half of it for Sholom, but unfortunately, Sholom dies anyway. Jacob survives an infection from scarlet fever on his mastoid bone before the next move with David to Mela’s brother’s house located in the outskirts of Poland. The Russians eventually come to save the Polish from Hitler.
I liked this book because the author helped me feel the fear and the determination of Jacob. I felt excited for the Polish when the Russians finally came. I would recommend this book to my friends because of its detail and interesting history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Jacob's Rescue by Malka Drucker and Micheal Halprin is an awesome book to read. It starts with Jacob getting captured by the Nazis and being put in a ghetto but for most of the story he is kept in a small apartment.

This book is about an 8 year old boy named Jacob and the extremely brave people who rescued him, Alex and Mela. There were also two brave kids the son and daughter of Alex and Mela. Jacob is one of the Jewish people who got put in a ghetto. In this story Jacob loves to play cards and do math. The whole story starts when Jacob gets put in a ghetto. Their problem is they have to find a way to stay safe without getting caught and being killed. My favorite part is when he escapes from the ghetto and goes with Alex to his new home.

I gave this book five stars because many of you know how many Jewish people got killed because of the war. This book is about the few people who went way out of their way just to save two Jewish boys life. I think that just to know that people would be so giving is a great thing. I think that Malka Drucker and Micheal Halprin did a great gob on this book and I hope that there are more books of theirs that I can read. I would recommend this book to a friend because I think that it's cool to know that two boys' lived through a war because of two people that saved them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jacob's Rescue is a sad and adventurous book based on a true story about a little Jewish boy named Jacob and his life during the Holocaust. This boy had to live with a family of people he didn't even know, had his name changed to Genyek, and had Nazi soldiers on his tail. Jacob doesn't mean to cause any trouble but because of him the Roslans had Nazi soldiers search their house many times, and he partially caused one of their own kids to die. I liked this book because it was very exciting and it always left you wanting more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jacob's Rescue was about a rich Jewish boy who gets put in the Ghetto with his Aunt Hannah and Grandma. Then Alex (a Polish man with a wife and two two kids) decides to hide him. Jacob has two brothers David and Shalom. There are many problems but in the end it all turns out well. Read the story to find out the true story of Jacob's rescue. It is a very good book about World War II and the Holocaust which lasted from about 1939 to 1945. I liked the way it was always exiting and kept me on the edge of my seat.
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