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Syvia is four years old in 1939, when the Germans invade Poland and start World War II. A few months later, her family is forced into the crowded Lodz ghetto, with more than a quarter of a million other Jews. At the end of the war, when Syvia is 10, only about 800 Jews remain-only 12 of them are children. Syvia remembers daily life: yellow stars, illness, starvation, freezing cold, and brutal abuse, with puddles of red blood everywhere, and the terrifying arbitrariness of events ("like the story of a boy / who went out for bread / and was shot by a guard / who didn't like the way the boy / looked at him"). When the soldiers first go from door to door, "ripping children from their parents' arms" and dragging them away, her father hides her in the cemetery. For years thereafter, she's not allowed to go outside. In 1944 the ghetto is emptied, except for a few Jews kept back to clean up, including Syvia's father, who keeps his family with him through courage, cunning, and luck. As the Nazis face defeat, Syvia discovers a few others hidden like her, "children of the cellar." When the Russians liberate the ghetto, she hears one soldier speak Yiddish, and the family hears of the genocide, the trains that went to death camps. At last they learn of the enormity of the tragedy: neighbors, friends, and cousins-all dead. There's much to think t and talk about as the words bring the history right into the present. Hazel Rochman
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This is a heart wrenching, glorious tale of love, loyalty and most of all survival. I would recommend this book to everyone who has a heart!Published 1 day ago by colleen mansfield-chiong
I simply couldn't put it down. Children's book or not, the story was told so well, and was so riveting, that I have no doubt, everyone will appreciate it.Published 7 days ago by Lynnette R. Bakken
I felt it was very good. I liked the simplicity of style of writing was easy to read and I got into the feeling of the book .Published 8 days ago by Judith A. Owens
This story, being told from a child's point of view, was captivating and heart-breaking. A good read.Published 16 days ago by Lisa Deitz
I love that you get to read the story as if she is personally telling it to you. A very good read!!! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Dyleen Otero
Gave an account of the real experience of Jews in Nazi Germany...different perspectivePublished 27 days ago by Karen R. Monteleone
This was a quick and easy book to read but a profoundly inspiring story. I would recommend it to anyone.Published 27 days ago by Anita