From Publishers Weekly
This sequel to The Cage follows the author after her liberation from a Nazi concentration camp. Despite flaws with the pacing, PW said, "As testament to the human spirit, this memoir shines." Ages 12-up. (Mar.) n
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up This powerfully written sequel to The Cage (Macmillan, 1986) is aptly named. In recounting her experiences following World War II, Sender lays strong emphasis on life, the future, family, and especially children. The most poignant scenes in the book involve children. For all the psychological scars, for all the torment the survivors of the Holocaust remember, and the hatred and scorn they must still endure, this is not a bleak book. Riva marries Moniek, another survivor, and they start a new family. Her older brother and sisters who fled to Russia at the start of the war are found, each with their new families. After much frustration and searching, they locate distant relatives in the U.S., and in 1950, five years after liberation, Riva, Moniek, and their children are allowed to enter the U.S. Although memoirs of the Holocaust abound, there is very little written on the aftermath. Joanna Reiss' The Journey Back (Crowell, 1976) and Aranka Siegal's Grace in the Wilderness (Farrar, 1985) are two other books that deal with this period. To Life is a more immediate book, however. Told in the present tense, it brings Riva's experiences close to readers instead of shrouding them with the veils of intervening years. To Life is not just a highly recommended book, it is a necessity. Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, Tex.
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