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LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

 

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

This title has Common Core connections.

 

Review

"an unforgettable, heartbreaking novel." ―Publishers Weeklystarred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz

"Like Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, it’s a sophisticated novel with mature themes, delivering an emotionally searing reading experience. An important novel that will stand with other powerful testaments from the Holocaust era." ―Bookliststarred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz

"This novel is one that could easily be recommended or taught alongside Elie Wiesel’s Night and The Diary of Anne Frank and a text that, once read, will never be forgotten. VERDICT A hauntingly authentic Holocaust retelling; a must for YA collections." ―School Library Journalstarred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz

 

Product Details

Age: 10-15 years

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

ISBN: 9781250211682

Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches

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