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Told from various perspectives, a powerful novel revisits the Nazi occupation of Copenhagen as Julie, along with her family, places her faith in Niels, a member of the Danish resistance who has learned of a Nazi plot to imprison all of Copenhagen's Jews and vows to save them.
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Sonia Levitin is the author of many acclaimed novels based on Jewish history, including The Cure, and the Journey to America series.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6 Up-Levitin presents a fully fleshed-out story of the Danish Jews' miraculous escape from the Nazis as seen primarily through the alternating narratives of two young people. Julie is 13 when Germany invades Denmark and life gradually becomes increasingly restrictive for her Jewish family, with more soldiers, curfews, and finally martial law being declared. Her best friend's brother, Niels, is angry that his father doesn't seem to notice what is happening and upset that his friend Emil admires and imitates the Nazis, so he joins the resistance. When Julie learns that the Germans plan a roundup of all the Jews in Denmark, she must warn her family and make plans for everyone to go into hiding. At the same time, Niels absorbs new knowledge about his father's involvement in the resistance movement and confronts Emil about his beliefs and actions. Also included are letters a soldier writes home to his liebe Mutti (beloved Mother) about the glorious victory the Germans expect to have and entries from a diary kept by Niels's sister, who records her growing love for a Jewish farming student. The dangers of the time are never far from the surface, and the story has immediacy because of the feelings readers will have for the characters. A must-add for all collections, this compelling book can be paired with Johanna Reiss's The Upstairs Room (HarperCollins, 1972) or Lois Lowry's Number the Stars (Houghton, 1989) for maximum impact.
Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0525468714
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0525468714