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  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe (November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761381147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761381143
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the three-part YA series Chicagoland Detective Agency for Graphic Universe(tm).

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This is both engrossing and fun to read, but a book any reader will eagerly recommend to friends.
C. Langlois
There is also a section which includes clear from "concentration camps" to "the fighting femmes of wartime comic books and their artists".
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"Lily Renee, Escape Artist" is touching story about Lily Renee Wilheim's life during the Holocaust.
Jill H.

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Format: Paperback
The cobblestone streets of 1938 Vienna were calm and peaceful as people made their way through to shop or head to one of many cultural exhibits the city had to offer. Lily Renée Wilhelm lacked for nothing as her father, Rudolph, was the manager of the Holland America line, a premier transatlantic steamship company know for their "elegant vacation cruises". Lily was introduced to such things as the ballet, opera, and took dance and art lessons. At a local gallery, people clustered around to get a look at the work of such a young artist, but Lily's hopes and dreams would suddenly come to a jarring halt on on March 12, 1938 when "Hitler's Nazi army invaded Austria." Hitler's dream of Anschluss had quickly dashed Lily's dreams and brought fear into the Wilhelm household. Some Austrians were excited when the Nazi's marched through the streets, but Jews were not ... the Wilhelm's were Jewish.

Lily Renée's family soon had many of their personal possessions confiscated. Displaced Jews were forcibly moved to Vienna and made to live with other familys, including the Wilhelm's. Merchants had to mark their store windows to identify themselves and many of Lily's friends chose to ignore and bully her. Jude. She was a Jude. Violence and change was on the horizon. The family grew more and more worried, especially when the Gestapo sent Uncle Samuel to Dachau. More and more restrictions came raining down on the heads of Jews in Vienna. In Berlin Herschel Grynzpan grew angry at the "brutal treatment of his family by the Nazi [and] had shot and killed a German diplomat." Soon the windows of merchants were shattered on Kristallnacht. It was time for Lily to leave and she would join the Kindertransport to escape the Nazis. Would she make it safely to England?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill H. on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Lily Renee, Escape Artist" is touching story about Lily Renee Wilheim's life during the Holocaust. Lily was one of the children that broke free from the Nazi's in Vienna, Austria. This graphic novel shows the reader the course that her life took after she traveled with other children as part of the Kindertransport effort, which was a rescue effort that lasted from December 1, 1938 until September 1, 1939 to save Jewish children from the hands of the Nazis. There is some additional information included related to Lily's story in the back of the book.

It was such a blessing to be able to read story of Lily Renee's life in graphic novel format. Lily became a comic book artist, so now I can understand why her memoir was told in the form of a graphic novel. It was so interesting how the book was split up into chapters in this graphic novel as well. In my opinion, her story was told in a way that can touch both adults and children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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By Reececo on January 24, 2015
Format: Paperback
Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
by Trina Robbins
a great historical book to contrast and compare with Maus and historical stories like anne Frank and the number of the stars... this i a positive story that shows the hard ship of those who survived the Nazi war crimes and the anti Semitic view of the world at that time... as inspiring as the tragic historical stories of that time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna C on December 13, 2011
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I'm always amazed by the survival stories that come out of occupied Europe, and Lily Renee's is no different. For such a young girl to have to leave home alone, travel to a foreign country where she barely knows the language and try to ride out the war, it's amazing adults were able to do it, let alone a girl that was barely a teenager. But she did it and it really puts the trials in one's life into perspective. Escaping from the Nazis, then from prejudiced English, traveling to America and then fighting adversity to become a pioneering name in comics kind of makes the daily grind of one's life pale in comparison.

But she did it without a thought about it. It was survival mode and Lily did what she had to do to make it. The story is a simple one, told in simple language but it doesn't need to be dressed up. The story itself is already grand. Flowery prose need not apply. Plus the illustrations to go along with it make it stand out all the more. As if you couldn't picture Lily's story in your head just from the words, the images were there to help. Rich and colorful and sometimes frightening, Robbins didn't hold the story back and Timmons and Oh were relentless with the illustrations. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Whereas something like MAUS, while amazing, is probably too graphic for a younger audience, LILY RENEE tells a realistic story without being gruesome so it makes it a little more easily digestible for a younger reader that might not be able to handle the images in like comics. It'll make them see without making them see too much and it does it without sugarcoating. I'd like to see LILY RENEE, ESCAPE ARTIST in all classrooms as a teaching tool, it's just that good. It's just one of many stories coming out of that time and I'm glad it did. It shows a fight of will and of character and I think everyone should be reading stories like this, just to see what real survival is.
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