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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374365172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374365172
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ERIC HEUVEL is a highly regarded Dutch graphic novel artist. He lives in Zaandam. RUUD VAN DER ROL worked at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for many years, and LIES SCHIPPERS is an editor and author there. They have both written and edited books and educational materials dealing with Anne Frank and her family, her work and her lifetime, as well as the Holocaust, human rights, prejudice, and discrimination. Mr. van der Rol lives in Castricum, and Ms. Schippers lives in Haarlem.

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The story is told looking back into the past and is touching and informative.
Judy A. Brandon
One of the most important features of this book is the description of the courage of those Dutch people that risked their lives to shelter Jews.
Charles Ashbacher
It is a high interest level for some of my struggling students who were actually reading.
Teach Veach

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Baruch Blich on June 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An unusual work in the corpus of graphic Shoa novellas is Die Suche (The Search). Published by the Anna Frank House and the Jewish Museum in Amsterdam, this educational brochure imparts information on the Shoa to high school students. The text authors of Die Suche are Ruud van der Rol, Lies Schippers and Eric Heuvel, a well-known comics artist and illustrator in Holland, who also provided the pictures. Surprisingly, these pictures are reminiscent of the Tintin series by Georges Prosper Rémi (Hergé) (1907-1983), probably to make the Shoa story more accessible to young readers through pictures, which have become an inalienable asset of comics culture.
For pedagogical reasons, the voice narrating the Shoa events is personal. Here is the story of a family, one of whose daughters was able to hide and after the war looked for her family. Following the history of the Hechts, most of whom perished during the Shoa, is in fact the authors' search for the guilty parties. In this sense the speaking voice belongs to the contrite--the German and the Dutch peoples. The rather stereotypical plot resembles many stories of Jewish families who experienced the horror of the Shoa. The stations the Hechts went through until their arrival in Auschwitz resemble those of many Jews; in this respect the booklet reveals nothing new. The Hechts, who lived in Germany, sought refuge in Amsterdam after the Nazis rose to power. When the Germans occupied Holland, the Jews were transferred to a camp and from there to Auschwitz. Esther Hecht, who was not home when the Jews of her neighborhood were rounded up, thus escaped by chance and found a hide-out in a village. After the war she placed an ad in search of her family. A Jewish neighbor, who was with her parents at Auschwitz told her about their death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is about World War 2 during the
Holocaust and a grandmother's family and friends who hear
her unfold her saddening past as a Jewish girl growing up in
Germany at this horrifying time in history. The author's
viewpoint was from the grandmother who was explaining to her
best friend, her grandson, her own son, and her friend's
grandson about the events in her young life in Germany. The
author created characters to explain the events and plots of
the Holocaust in a single situation way of one main person
named Esther,the grandmother, and what had happened in her
scenario. The facts about the Holocaust were also mentioned
while Esther was explaining to her family and friends.For
example Auchswitz concentration camp was the larger camp
ever built. Esther dove into her story while visiting the
farm where she had hidden as a child.

Groups of younger readers would like this book because of
the pictures and that they would not have to imagine the scenes since the
graphics are already there. I was surprised because I had
never really read an informational graphic novel when I had
received the book. This book fits under the genre historical
fiction.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on January 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This graphic picture book tells the story of a young Jewish girl separated from her parents during the Holocaust. She is elderly now and is finally able to tell her story to her children and grandchildren and with their help is able to locate someone who knew what happened to her parents. The language is appropriate for older middle grade and even middle and high school age kids. My 3rd and 5th grade girls thought this book was great and have read it several times--and the book has lead to some really good discussions as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. Brandon on March 16, 2011
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Our girls book group, ages 9-12, read this book and everyone, girls, mothers and grandmothers, enjoyed the story and the format. Most of us had not read a graphic novel before and it was a great introduction. The story is told looking back into the past and is touching and informative. Easy to relate to.
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