From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Mayer recounts the inspiring story of Irena Sendler, the Catholic Polish social worker who organized a rescue network to hide 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, and frames it with a present-day story of three Protestant teens in Kansas creating a National History Project play about her life. Sendler's own life history is dramatic and inspiring; she was brutally tortured by the Nazis in the infamous Pawiak prison, and her extraordinary good work during the war was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Narrator Patrick Lawlor does an excellent job conveying the suspense and tension in Sendler's life. Lawlor's voice lends the right emotion and inflection to each character. He realistically re-creates the distinguishing inflections of each generation as the American teens travel to Poland to interview survivors and meet Irena Sendler herself. VERDICT This work's emphasis on survival and rescue will appeal to both adult and teen listeners.-Ellen Frank Bayer, Flushing High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"The story will take your breathaway ... and haunt and inspire you, as well.. . . you don't want to put downthe book." - 2014 Ben Franklin DigitalAward
"Mayer's superbnovelization of her exploits elevates social work to the intensity of a spythriller. . . Agripping real-life tale of extraordinary courage that had an enduring impact."- Kirkus Review
"Meticulously researched, this story has beentold with grace and passion."- Jay Parini, author of The Last Station
"A beautiful story, beautifully told . . at last." - The US Review of Books
"While Life ina Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is based on a true story, it reads like anovel. It will appeal to anyone with an interestin history, as well as teachers of all subjects . . . - ForeWord Clarion Review
"Every high school student and teacher should read this book. We all should."
- Michele Forman - National Teacher of the Year2001
"JackMayer masterfully weaves these two separate but intimately connected storiesinto one larger saga . . . It will inspire all who read it,especially the young."
- Francis R. Nicosia - Univ. of Vermont"The monument to Irena Sendlerwas raised neither in Poland nor in Israel, but in the hearts and deeds ofyoung Americans. Jack Mayer's inspiringbook brings to life the true story of high school students in Uniontown, Kansasand a Polish Holocaust rescuer. Theteens conceived the theatrical performance called Life in a Jar. Their message was simple: one who goesagainst evil and rescues goodness, changes the world."
- Professor Jacek Leociak, Polish Academyof Sciences
author of The Warsaw Ghetto: AGuide to the Perished City
(with Barbara Engelking)