A gripping novel based on the astonishing true story of a boy who survived 10 concentration camps. Based on the true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener.
Ten concentration camps. Ten different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly. It's something no one could imagine surviving. But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face. As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis, who have taken over. Everything he has and everyone he loves have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner - his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087. He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death only to confront it again seconds later. Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will - and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?
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YES I love this book. I use this audio for the classroom. The kids like it a lot. Allows them time to focus on the events without trying to struggle through vocabulary in some chapters. We use it about every other chapter.
Uncle Moshe' being killed. Such a disappointment. Also the Allies rescuing those prisoners after so long in the concentration camps.
Tone and accent
No, but I think in a normal setting you might
Lots of opportunity for follow up research with this book and research as you read.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
YOU COME IN THROUGH THE FRONT GATE, BUT THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH THE CHIMNEY.
Words can not express how good this book was or how important for people of all ages to listen to. The story is based on a real person. In the afterword the author mentions that he wrote some things that did not happen to this boy, but did happen to others. This boy did survive nine different concentration camps. At times I think we are too civilized for this type of thing to happen in modern times and than I turn on the news and hear about a man going to a black church and killing nine people in order to start a race war. I see what happens in Syria and the refugees, plus more. We must stay vigilante, this sort of hatred could happen again, right here in America. This book will grab you by the throat and not let up until it is over.
PASS THE SALT
This book is a great summary of what the Jews (and others) endured during the holocaust. The author admits to fabricating some of the circumstances so that the reader can gain even more of a window into the truths of those situations. With that said, it's the truly remarkable moments in Jacks (the main character) experiences that are factual anyway.
The audio performance is magnificent with accents and solid overall performance to keep you engaged.
I wept for the families while I cheered his endurance and strength. I hope we learn acceptance and embrace diversity.
A great read. Students need to know on their level what happened during that time. African Americans are not the only ones who have suffered. I couldn't wait till the end.
Both my teenage son and I were hooked on this from the beginning. Based on a true story with tragedies the main character and the communities endure -- things that happened during that time that are so important we never forget..
feels like the author is visting all the sterotypes you would associate with the holocaust. gives the book an unreal feeling. it is not that important to involve all the infamous germans. preformance of narrator is great and it was at somewhat suspensefull.
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