Escaping into the Night

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Halina Rudowski is on the run. When the Polish ghetto where she lives is evacuated, she narrowly escapes, but her mother is not as lucky. Along with her friend Batya, Halina makes her way to a secret encampment in the woods where Jews survive by living underground. As the group struggles for food, handles infighting, and attempts to protect themselves from the advancing Germans, Halina must face the reality of life without her mother.

Based on historical events, this gripping tale sheds light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust: the underground forest encampments that saved several thousand Jews from the Nazis. In telling the story of one girl's survival, Escaping into the Night marks the arrival of a remarkable new voice in fiction.

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D. Dina Friedman teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts. She has published a number of short stories, poems, articles,and plays in literary journals, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This is her first bookfor a younger audience. Ms. Friedman lives in Hadley, Massachusetts.

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Grade 6-8–Loosely based on actual events, this dramatic story of escape from the Warsaw Ghetto offers insight into the will to survive. After her mother is killed by the Nazis and the ghetto is evacuated, Halina Rudowski escapes through an underground tunnel to the forest with the help of her mothers boyfriend. Though she has resented Georg in the past, she eventually realizes that he cares for her as a father would. She hides with a group of Jews living in underground bunkers. Strengthened by the knowledge that her mother would have wanted her to survive, the 13-year-old turns from her despair and perseveres despite unbearable obstacles. Halina is embarrassed into bravery by the courage of her friend Batya as the two girls join a group trying to find food for the encampment. Later she risks her life to save Batya. She develops a crush on a boy who is working for the resistance. In Halina, Friedman has created a reluctant heroine who is also a believable adolescent. Readers will be pulled into this story that combines adventure, mystery, and the resilience of human nature, also found in Uri Orlevs Run, Boy, Run (Houghton, 2003).–Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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