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About the Author

In 1969, Allan Zullo graduated with a journalism degree from Northern Illinois University where he worked on the school's daily paper, The Northern Star, first as a sportswriter, then news editor, managing editor and finally editor-in-chief. Allan created and wrote "The Ghost Story Club" daily comic strip, which was syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services from 1995 to 1998. For more than 16 years, Allan has produced dozens of annual boxed daily-page calendars for Andrews McMeel Publishing. Today Allan is the author and co-author of more than 80 current and forthcoming nonfiction trade paperbacks. Allan lives with his wife Kathryn (his childhood sweetheart and most honest critic) on the side of a mountain in Fairview, North Carolina, minutes from downtown Asheville, which some call Paris of the South or Little San Francisco of the East.

Mara Bovsun is a member of the Dog Writers of America and a volunteer handler at New York City's Animal Haven Shelter. A freelance journalist and coauthor of six books, she lives in New York City.

Allan Zullo's bright, breezy, conversational style is behind more than 75 popular nonfiction books, including Andrews McMeel Publishing titles like Mews Items, Amazing but True Cat Tales, Amazing but True Dog Tales, and Amazing but True Fishing Tales. He also authored the best-selling True Tales of Animal Heroes. He lives near Asheville, N.C.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439669960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439669962
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be read by everyone that is emtionally mature enough to handle it. I am writing this review as a warning to parents that might purchase this book for a younger child based on the "Reading Level: 9 - 12" rating and the fact that it is a Scholastic book. My 4th grader's teacher recommended this book but I am glad I took a look at it first. Here's an excerpt from the book taking place as one of the children is being smuggled out of a ghetto by her father hiding her under his coat. The following exchange takes place between the guard and the man ahead of them at the gate:
"Hurry up!" shouted the impatient German guard.
"It's here somewhere. I know it is."
"You don't have a pass, do you?" snarled the guard. "You're trying to sneak out of the ghetto, trying to fool me."
"No really, I have - " The man never finished his sentence. The guard shot him.
Hearing the loud bang, Luncia jerked. Her father wrapped his arms tight around his coat to keep her still, but her whole body trembled uncontrollably. He's going to shoot us all, I know it.

I know that my 4th grader is not ready to read this kind of material but this is an excellent book to be read by everyone that is ready for this type of material. Very well written information that we all should know and never forget.
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I didn't realize this was a children's book until it arrived. I'm glad I didn't or I might have missed out on this fine collection of experiences. Because it is a children's book, it gently glosses over some of the horrors these holocaust survivors saw. Those scenes are not removed from the story, but, the specifics are left to your own mind.

Each chapter tells the story of a different child's experience.

Two children were part of the kindertransport, but didn't go all the way to England. Another was on the ill-fated ship the St. Louis. A shocking reminder of how some survived and some didn't by the smallest of decisions.

I have already read it many times. I intend to share it with my nieces when they next visit. The next generation must know that the Holocaust did exist. That over six million people died not for 'who' they were but for 'what' they were (Jewish, Gypsy, Gay, etc.). Unfortunately, nothing seems to unite people like having 'someone' to blame all your problems on. The Nazis and countless others both before and since have made that very clear.
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Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust is about children who were "lucky" enough to live through the Holocaust. The children tell their unfortunate stories of their good, but mostly bad, times. This book shows how good it is to be living in the time period that we live in. The children, who are now adults in their 60's or 70's, gave a very clear and almost terrifying list of events that they went through, which will leave you breathless. Also, there are a lot of German and Polish words that you may not know, so the author has provided a glossary in the back of the book. This book was very detailed and got its point across. It took place during the Holocaust, which was at the time of World War II.
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Throughout the duration of World War II, the lives of Jews across Europe took a turn for the worse. As the Nazi's reign of terror extended, Hitler and his followers grasped every aspect of Jewish life and turned it upside-down. . Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, by Allan Zucco and Mara Bosuvn, is a gripping book entailing the true life stories of eight children living during the time period and their amazing determination to survive through the Holocaust. Each story uniquely depicts the riveting events each child endured in their struggle to survive. All eight stories demonstrate the childrens' bravery, valor, courage, and wisdom beyond years in heart wrenching experiences. Each child remained strong as their world and everything they once knew fell down around them.

I found this book interesting, informing, and tremendously motivating. This book holds the attention of the reader exceptionally well. When you thought the character had no alternatives but to give up, you were immediately surprised by the courage they found within to outlast the struggle. For example, when Mathei Jackel, age ten, was placed in a boxcar all alone headed for a death camp, he somehow managed to escape out the door and remain free from the terror of the Nazis. You were left with the impression that he had no way out of the boxcar, which was headed towards his demise, and surprised when he escaped with his life. While keeping the reader involved with the stories, the book also enlightens the reader with many important facts pertaining to World War II and the Holocaust. Facts such as dates, historic locations, and vocabulary terms can be referenced to from the book and its glossary located at the back.
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"But Mama, we're Jewish too, what will happen to us?" When Nazis took over Germany, people of the Jewish faith were doomed. The book Survivors tells the true stories of nine boys and girls of all ages that went through this horrible time, and managed to come out alive. In one of the stories a girl named Luncia tells her story of when she was only seven years old. Luncia shares what her family and her had to go through during the Holocaust. She explains how at night when German soldiers invaded the house across the street, the sound of breaking china and screaming families was common. The only crime they committed was that they were of the Jewish faith.

In my opinion this book helps me understand more about Hitler and the Holocaust in general. This book also makes me realize that our life is not as bad as it could be. I believe that this book is an inspiration. It inspires me to live my life to the fullest and appreciate the fact that there is no one trying to control every move that I make. I hope that this book will inspire other people to do the same.
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