Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron - ESSENTIAL

The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron, 400 pages. Scholastic Press, 2020, $19.

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f') some Yiddish, Polish and German swearing; Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13 - descriptions of Nazi brutality - usually not graphic but disturbing.



Ever since she was 12yo, Stefania has worked for Mrs. Diamant in their family's grocery store in Poland. Although she is Catholic and they are Jewish, Mrs. Diamant treats her like a daughter, and, now 16, Stefania and one of the Diamant brothers are in love (secretly of course). The Germans have invaded their town, and the Diamants have been moved into the ghetto. Stefania's family is in a labor camp in Germany, she is alone with her 6yo sister in an occupied city trying to survive. So when she agrees to help the family, she puts herself and her sister in danger - and agreeing to help hide them risks everyones lives. 

A poignant, heartbreaking and exciting account of the true story of a young girl who hid 13 Jews from the Nazi's in occupied Poland, right under their noses! I listened to the audiobook and was thoroughly invested in the story. I appreciated that the violence and horror she experienced was filtered through her young voice. The characters were developed beautifully, her young sister was as brave as she was. A very scary time, for everyone. Includes an extensive author's note and photographs.

Lisa Librarian

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