- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (October 6, 2020)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B085FT33QH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II Kindle Edition
|Age Level: 10 - 14||Grade Level: 5 - 9|
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The book is written for children and so uses very simplistic writing and wording as well as explaining what certain words meant and the use of photographs to explain things too.
As well as the chapters that are sections in between where he has written his thoughts in poet form. Not being much of a poem lover I confess to skipping past quite a few of them. Some were only a couple of verses whilst others were over a few pages. At the back of the book, there are pages on further reading split into sections. I will certainly be looking some of them up.
For children learning about WWII and wanting to understand the horrific things that the Nazis did, including what happened at Auschwitz, this book explains everything in easy to understand language without traumatising them.
For me, as an adult, this book taught me things about the war that I didn’t know including how thousands of Jewish men, women, and children were taken from the Nice area of France, captured by the Nazis. They were in Nice as they had gone there to be saved by a man called Angelo Donati who had sorted out documents for them and had four ships ready to carry them to safety. So close.
I just adored this book. The writing was engaging, the subject kept me interested and I was eager to find out whether Michael would find out what happened to his missing family. This would be a wonderful book for having at school to use during lessons on WWII. I also think that it shouldn’t just be children reading it as it speaks to adults too. It is poignant, touching and beautiful, in a sad way.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
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The author describes his own journey of discovery of his ‘missing’ family. He also clearly articulates his own feelings of the injustices and abominations forced on his relatives. These emotions, together with the various background explanations regarding the rise of Nazism and its associated evils, are expressed in a manner which will be conducive to the understanding of younger readers.
The poems appear to be an effective means for the author to have been able to identify and articulate his emotions during the lengthy research processes.
As a comparison I have recently self-published my own family history, ‘Eighty Years On.’ My book, also available on Amazon, is aimed at an older audience and was largely written for my family as a formal and hopefully permanent record of people and events which must remain in our memories.
Consequently I can relate completely to this author’s sentiments, emotions and descriptions.
Like many members of my own family from Europe, they may be ‘missing’, but they will never be forgotten.