Escape to the Forest: Based on a True Story of the Holocaust

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When the Nazis invade Poland, nothing is safe anymore.

Ten-year-old Sarah and her family must leave their home and live in a Jewish ghetto surrounded by barbed wire. There, life is a nightmare of cold and hunger where Nazi soldiers kill Jews at will. But Sarah still hears stories that give her hope--stories about a man who lives in the nearby forest, fighting the Nazis and sheltering the Jews.

Sarah's brother thinks they should try to escape to the forest. Her parents think they will be safer where they are. Sarah doesn't know who is right. But as life in the ghetto grows worse and worse, the forest may be their only hope.

Based on a true story of life during the Holocaust, this is a heartrending novel of one family's struggle to survive.

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About the Author:

Ruth Yaffe Radin is the author of nine other books for children. They include A Winter Place, a Reading Rainbow book and an ALA Notable Picture Book; and the novel All Joseph Wanted, which was selected for the Bank Street College of Education's Recommended List. The author lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. When she isn't writing books, she is composing music.

Janet Hamlin has illustrated The Zoo Garden by Chris Hastings. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

From Kirkus Reviews:

PLB 0-06-028521-4 From Radin (All Joseph Wanted, 1991), a short, accessible novel that could serve as a introduction to the realities of the Holocaust. Sarah, a young Jewish girl, lives in eastern Poland, where the Russians have taken control of her town and imposed harsh restrictions. The family must celebrate Hanukkah in secret; Lili, a girl from western Poland whom the family shelters, is arrested. Eventually Lili is released, but when the Germans attack they force the family into a small ghetto. Jews are being murdered in the streets, and Sarah's brother, David, knows that a family, the Bielskis, have escaped into the forest. Sarah's mother, believing that life in the forest would be worse, refuses to leave the ghetto even after the family survives a selection by the Germans. When ordered onto a train that will take them to Treblinka, her father tells Sarah to leave; she must find the Bielskis in the forest in order to survive. The fact that this is a true story lends the narrative further immediacy and suspense. Compelling reading for the young. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 8-10) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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