brings the reality of the Holocaust experience down to a personal level that is more comprehensible than statistics. I was a little surprised to learn it was a William Allen White award winner, due to the horrifying subject. It’s based on the true story of the author’s aunt Sylvia, who was imprisoned in the Polish ghetto city of Lodz. Of the 250,000 Jews confined to the ghetto in 1939, only 800 survived when the ghetto was liberated by the Russians in 1945. Only 12 children survived, and this is the true account of one of them. There are historical details, a time line of the war in Poland, and an epilogue revealing what happened to Sylvia’s family. A brief book with a memorable impact, for older elementary readers.
reviewed by Victoria