Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson - ESSENTIAL

Leyson, Leon The Boy on the Wooden Box, 240 p. Atheneum (Simon), 2013.  $17.  Violence: PG (mentions of many deaths, nothing graphic).  

Leib Lejzon was a little boy in Poland when Hitler came to power and started his master plan for cleansing Europe and all of the world.  From life in the shrinking ghettos of Krakow, through the terror under Amon Goeth in the Plaszow concentration camp, Leyson details the steps that brought him under Oskar Schindler’s watchful eye and the terrible conditions and emotional agony under which he survived.  Nothing in inappropriate for teens – in fact, I am not sure he goes far enough in the details.  

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher.

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