Chronicles the life of nine-year-old Renee Roth and her two sisters as they seek refuge from the Nazi terror with a group of Catholic nuns
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Grade 6-9 Roth-Hano recreates her girlhood experiences and impressions as a Jewish child in France during World War II. Written in a present-tense diary style, the story traces the family from the summer of 1940 after the German invasion has forced them to leave their home in Alsace; through a prolonged separation in which Renee and her two younger sisters are sent to live in a home managed by Catholic nuns; through the confusion and disruption of the eagerly awaited allied invasion; and ends with the family's reunion in Paris. While parts of Roth-Hano's story are familiar elements of many personal narratives of Holocaust experiences, they are, at the same time, very fresh and individual. As she and her family realize that Paris is not a sanctuary from the Nazis, she rails against the injustice she sees and is outraged and confused by the French betrayal of the Jews. Although the diary format sometimes makes the narrative jumpy, it is effective in involving readers and making the events seem immediate. The portrayal of Renee's emotions from petty jealousy to profound outrage rings true. Readers of Aranka Siegal's Upon the Head of a Goat (Farrar, 1981) and Clara Isaacman's Clara's Story (Jewish Pub. Soc, 1984) will have their point of view broadened by Touch Wood, which offers a French perspective. Many memorable stories have come out of the Holocaust. Touch Wood should earn a place among them. Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N.J.
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In 1940, a girl and her family are forced into exile when their refuge in Paris proves unsafe. PW praised the author's moving depiction of "these memories of the sorrow--without self-pity--for the terrors around her." Ages 10-up.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140340858
Book Description Puffin, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140340858