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During World War II, life for Jutka, a 14-year-old Hungarian Jew, turns upside down within a matter of months. Jutka and her family are transported to Auschwitz, where her mother and grandmother perish, and she endures unimaginable cruelty, which Wiseman described in significant, sometimes graphic detail. Dreams of Canada, inspired by a book from a Canadian relative, sustain her. After the liberation, Jutka falls in love with Sandor, who dreams of relocating to Israel. Jutka must choose a future with the man she loves or her own dream of Canada and life with her only remaining kin. The book is notable among Holocaust fiction as it depicts life after the war, when concentration camp survivors, ostracized and homeless, picked up the pieces of their lives. However, the story sometimes meanders as it strives to depict the times, and some elements and terms (for example, Eretz Israel) want more explanation. Still, Jutka is a resilient, realistically drawn heroine, and readers will easily bond to and pull for her as she navigates her loss of innocence. Heather Booth
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; 1St Edition edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088776729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887767296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on November 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's 1944, and Jutka Weltner, a fourteen-year-old Hungarian Jew, spends her time with her friends, going to the moives and daydreaming about having a boyfriend. But with the invasion of the German army into Hungary and the onset of World War II, life is fragile and the future seems uncertain for Jutka and her family. Her father and brother Dezso are "volunteered" for the forced labor regiment and are sent to an unknown destination, leaving her mother in charge to care for Jutka and her grandmother. With limited food coupons, an enforced curfew, and the fear of ridicule and abuse from the Arrow Cross soldiers who enjoy making examples of the Jews, Jutka lives in constant trepidation. As new laws come into existence, Jutka's life takes a downward spiral; her privileges as an honor student are denied, she is forced to wear a "six-pointed canary yellow star", and her family is moved to a tiny apartment in the ghetto. The family is then transported to Auschwitz where Jutka is separated from her elderly grandmother and weakened mother; she endures unimaginable brutality from hard labor to endless beatings, but dreams of her family in Canada give Jutka the emotional strength to survive her nightmare imprisonment. Told in a strong first person narrative, this heart-wrenching novel takes the reader through a difficult journey as Jutka's sufferings are intimately and often graphically documented. However, what differs in this Holocaust title is the focus on life after the war, and how Jutka strives to find a place in the world after she has lost so much. Similar to "I Have Lived a Thousand Years" by Livia Bitton-Jackson, which
Also focuses on the Holocaust experience in Hungary, this book realistically depicts the bitterness of war as told through the eyes of a young girl coming of age. Ages 12 and up. Reviewed by Debra Gold
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on November 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jutka, a 14-year old girl with a normal life - until World War 2. Jutka and her family are sent to Auschwitz, a hellish place, with brutal torture. Holocaust begins. After months and moths of waiting for the war to be over, it finally ends - but her suffering does not. Days after days in refugee camps almost drive her crazy! Jutka's dreams are important, her head is telling her to shape out her life one way, but her heart tell another. Which way will she follow to make her happy? This book is so amazing. Has everything. I would not recommend it under the age of 10, some content may not be suitable. This book not only taught me about the past, but make me think of how some people were so stupid back then, there is nothing wrong with religion! It is so sad how they treat Jews, it made me cry to think that some one would do such a thing - killing, beating, torturing! Uy uy uy! I highly recommend this book! Get it!
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