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Yellow Star | [Jennifer Roy]

Yellow Star

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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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    ladytbear64 02-13-15
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    "Horrible Narration"

    This book is obviously intended for a juvenile reader. Had I known that I would not have selected this book. I could barely stomach the whinny, baby voice used by the narrator. Not informative at all.

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    Kristi 02-11-15
    Kristi 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerful story."

    I will share this with my children. The author wrote this with integrity but through a child's perspective. It is a powerful story that has given me a different perspective of my own life.
    Thank you!

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    Edna 01-23-15
    Edna 01-23-15
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    loved the story and also the narrator. Very touching . I would recommend this book.

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    Amazon Customer 01-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Through The Eyes Of the Innocent"

    Powerful historical account as seen from the eyes of a young child. Appreciated the tie in to actual events throughout the story to lend perpective.

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    David C. 08-13-14
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    "Terrible reader"
    What would have made Yellow Star better?

    A different reader not trying to imitate a little girl's voice


    Has Yellow Star turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Narrator was OK, the reader was the problem


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 07-20-14
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "Just incredible"

    How men continue to be so cruel to other men(and women and children) for no good reason at all remains a mystery to me. Indeed, the veneer of civilization is thin.

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    Marjorie 07-14-14
    Marjorie 07-14-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Reader's voice annoying"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader. I found her voice grating, in attempting to talk like a little girl, with inflections of "California Girl."


    What did you like best about this story?

    So far I have stopped and then gone back to it twice, unable to continue due to the reader's "little girl" voice. I think I would like the story if I just read the book.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Her little girl voice was annoying, and she talks with inflections in odd places, like a California Girl accent.


    Was Yellow Star worth the listening time?

    not with this reader.


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    eva 07-10-14
    eva 07-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great. Keeps your attention at all times."
    If you could sum up Yellow Star in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, real and informative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sivia because she was a young girl suffering so much because of the damage World War II did and how the Jews were so unfairly treated. I was very glad that she was one of the few children who was able to walk out alive from the ghetto.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When her father loves Sivia so much that he lays with her in a hole in the cemetery to keep her hidden from the Natzis. She was scared to stay alone and so he stayed with her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sivia and her cousin were placed in the basement and were not able to go outside for their safety. This must have been very hard because they were small children.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that the family survived because they were willing to sacrifice each other for the "family." Sivia's father was willing to do anything and take so many chances to keep his little girl safe and alive. Very touching story;

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    Jennifer 06-06-14
    Jennifer 06-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful and heartfelt story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Yellow Star to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the emotions were true to heart


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When her father hid behind the grave with her overnight


    Any additional comments?

    Learned a lot of the war timeline that I did not previously know

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    Mark 05-19-14
    Mark 05-19-14 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.

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    "An important story. Whining narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Anyone interested in the Holocaust should read / listen to this story. It's short. Told from the child perspective. HOWEVER, the narration was a challenge. Most of the narration was told in a whining voice. Tough to tolerate even for a short story.


    What other book might you compare Yellow Star to and why?

    Perhaps "The Book Thief" is the only story I can put close this. Only because its from the same era.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    Perhaps.


    Could you see Yellow Star being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie would be an interesting attempt.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is important to hear. The narration (for a surly old man like myself) was a challenge. Perhaps read from a stronger perspective. My opinion is that a child's perspective (normally very malleable and possibly in a constant state of change), is challenging, and is seldom static. It's very (VERY) hard to imagine the main protagonist speaking in the narrators whining tone. Bring your cheese!!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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