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In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland, and moved the Jewish population into a small part of the city called a ghetto. As the war progressed, 270,000 people were forced to settle in the ghetto under impossible conditions.
At the end of the war, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.
©2006 Jennifer Roy (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“In vivid free verse, Jennifer Roy tells a story of hope and courage as gripping as Schindler’s List.” (Eric A. Kimmel, author of Gershon’s Monster, a Sydney Taylor Book Award winner)
“A stunning, poetic recreation of a life lived within the horror that was the Holocaust.” (Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic and Briar Rose)
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-01-17


One should read a book about the Holocaust once a year or so. This book and others should be read in school. Perhaps if we had more education about the Nazi's and what they did, we would not have people waving their flags around. This is a true story and covers life in the Ghetto. The atrocities of the concentration camps are not in this book, but how the Jews were treated and the fear they lived in, is shown here. Lots of killing goes on in this book, but it is not graphic and I believe this would make a good start for younger kids to start being educated.

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By i. Ski on 06-20-14

A young adult biography worthy for adults

As Holocaust survivors age and die, we need records of experiences to remind us how hatred can transform societies. Lodz, Poland will never be the same nor will countless other European communities where Jews and other hated people were transported to death or made to work as subhumans. This book is the story of one of only 12 children who survived the ghetto in Lodz as well as a story of her family members, who were part of the 800 people (out of a quarter of a million) who also survived.

For those of you who say you are "tired" of these books, I say: we need to remember so we can avoid the complacency that led to our country not believing what was happening to fellow human beings during World War II. Coping with systematic atrocities created heroes among those in the ghettos and camps. Yellow Star is an example of a family's strengths as well as luck in surviving. It is a well told, important story.

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By Julie C on 02-19-16

Deeply moving.

One often hears the phrase "could not put it down" I have to confess in this case it was 100% true.
Once I had started I had to complete this deeply moving and yet simply told account of a child surviving and trying to make sense of a world that she and everyone she knew had been thrust into by the insanity of Hitler .

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