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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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    Amazon Customer 05-16-14 Member Since 2014

    LOVE to read and enjoy having the audible option while getting all the busy Mom work done

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    "Amazing! Truly touching"
    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    She made it feel as if you were there.You could truly feel all that the author's Aunt went through on an emotional level.. The narration for this was excellent


    Any additional comments?

    I love reading books that have the story of someone's real life experiences, brought to reader's in a way that makes us feel as if we share in their journey with them. I found myself anxious,heartbroken, and going through the same emotions that this young survivor felt. Are there miracles? Yes. Did they receive an answer to prayers? I truly believe so and I have no doubt that God knew that through a child, many would be saved and healed of there own wounds through her continued work in life. It is back to the thought that trials in life can either tear you down,or polish you to a refined brilliance. I believe this woman shines brightly for all those she represents.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    negreenbee Lincoln, NE 05-16-14
    negreenbee Lincoln, NE 05-16-14

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    "Riviting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very personal first hand account from the eyes of a child during a horrific period.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yellow Star?

    The desire of a small girl to hold onto some semblance of a past normal life while living through a new horrible normal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each scene was described from the eyes of a child, without cumbrances of adult experience, so each change for her was memorable.


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

    When she realizes that her friends are never coming back.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 06-20-14
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 06-20-14 Member Since 2005
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Townsend eastern NC 06-18-14
    R. Townsend eastern NC 06-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Captivating View of Jewish Suffering During WWII"

    I consider myself a student of all things related to WWII. This book was a very interesting read, given that it's from the perspective of a young Jewish girl confined to a Polish ghetto by the Nazis. I appreciated the unique worldview of the girl and the author does a masterful job of communicating her emotions during the ups and downs of survival in the ghetto.

    I was in tears at the end of this book, but I won't say why (no spoilers). A fast listen and wonderfully narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GRUNDY CENTER, IA, US 06-13-14
    Amazon Customer GRUNDY CENTER, IA, US 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "exceptional!!!!"
    Would you listen to Yellow Star again? Why?

    Yes! Fantastic narration. I loved the recap of
    time line of events at the end


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Engrossing"

    I could not stop listening to this audiobook. Another amazing story of a survivor of the holocaust. I can't beging to imagine what living at that time was like for a Jew.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 05-19-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 05-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Utter horror through the eyes of a child"

    A story of terror and survival in a Warsaw ghetto as Syvia and her family battle the anti-Jewish rule during WWII. Horrifying tells of hiding in grave yards and watching loved ones leaving on one way train trips to their doom typify the daily struggle of Syvia's family and others as the battle for survival against all odds. Definitely up there with the Diary of Ann Frank and the works by Weisel and others that capture the struggle of the Jewish people as they struggle for existence through the brutal rule of Hitler, his henchmen, and the brain washed German populace.

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    David C. 08-13-14
    David C. 08-13-14 Member Since 2013
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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