Thursday, December 17, 2009

Angel Girl by Laurie Friedman

Friedman, Laurie Angel Girl illustrated by Ofra Amit, 32 pgs. Carolrhoda Books, 2008. PICTURE BOOK. $16.95. 

Absolutely amazing. It is the true story of a boy, Herman, who during World War II was forced to work in a labor camp in Germany at the age of 11. Day by day he loses hope until one day his "angel girl" appears on the other side of the fence. She brings him an apple every day, at great risk to both of them. At last, Herman is liberated from the camp and starts a new life in America, never able to forget the past or his angel girl. Miraculously, he meets his angel girl on a blind date and soon after they marry. 

This book brought out an array of emotions from beginning to end. Despair. Sorrow. Pain. Hope. Happiness. Love. Every word tugs at your heart. The authors use of short, quick sentences and the illustrators long, sad pictures will make this story one that you will remember a lifetime. 

EL/MS/HS- ESSENTIAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

I soooooo want this now! I am going from here to Amazon. Thank you. ;)

Cindy Mitchell said...

Actually, I hate to tell you this, but this is actually not a true story. It is a beautiful written piece of fiction. The truth came out after the book had been published - no fault of the publishers.

Tricia said...

Not only is the book untrue, the publisher pulled copies of the book and cancelled reprints.
Many libraries have pulled it from their shelves.