Thursday, September 8, 2011

Then by Morris Gleitzman -ADVISABLE

Gleitzman, Morris Then, 208 pgs Henry Holt and Co, 2011. $12.40.

Violence: PG13 Language: G Sexual Content: G


It's 1940’s Poland, and two children have escaped a train headed for a Nazi concentration/death camp. Felix is a 10yo Jewish boy and Zelda is 6yo Catholic girl. Together they are on the run and have no idea where to turn, but they stick together. When a woman takes them in, and pretends they are her relatives, they have a family. Will they be able to survive, hiding in plain sight?

This is a gritty historical fiction can be jarring at times, due to its brutal honesty. It covers a lot of death and violence, as well the topic of circumcision. Although it is a second book in a series, it can function as a stand alone. The story and the characters are memorable, and it provides students will a clear first person portrait of the time period. I look forward to reading the next book.

Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate

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