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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.

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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Short listen. for all ages

Told in the perspective of a little child, it is the story of a young girl hiding from the Jews. Whether adult of child you will enjoy this book and the history it teaches

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Very informative

I have learned more, After hearing the story
Psalm 125:5 ...Peace be on Israel!

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War is hell

The story of this brave family was not only sad but freighting. The Germans were so evil and cruel to the Jews. We will facing a new terror with the Muslims if we don't wake up and fight back. Like the Nazi the Nation of Islam hates America.

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10 STARS REALLY

Deeply moving and intimate account of one young girl's horrific ordeal of living through and miraculously surviving Nazi Germany. The singularly personal aspect of this (unfortunately) all too true story drove home the horrors and terrors of the Jewish ghettoes and concentration camps during this very, very shameful time in human history in a way that I never truly understood before. This relatively short book packs a very powerful emotional punch. Excellent narration.

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Eerie but good

Narrator was perfect. Listening about the holocaust from a child's point of view is eerie.

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yellow star

It was about the Holocaust and a girl that is a Jew and she didn't understand what was going on and she thought they were poor

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Yellow star

If you are a person who loves books about wars it would be a good book for you.
It's very sad though. I was surprised when I learned that it was sad.
Over all it was a GREAT book!!!!!!!!!
It was AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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Extremely Powerful Tale

What made the experience of listening to Yellow Star the most enjoyable?

It was incredibly well written and narrated. Both the deep descriptions of the people and the environment, as well as the tone, inflection, and energy of the narrator allowed me to see the story in my head, almost like a movie. I was completely absorbed. I had shivers several times, and had to hold back from weeping several times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Papa- he is an incredible leader and a hero.

Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had not.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me weepy in several places, and in the end, I could feel the hope and relief of the survivors.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad to have come across this brilliantly told tale. It does an incredible job depicting the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust of WWII, and the great strength and endurance of the Jewish people who survived.

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must reading you will be rewarded with a part

must read. you will be rewarded when you feel that you are experiencing their fear and be proud of how they handled themselves. this book and it's moving very real storyline will become a part of who you are.

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A TOUCHING STORY OF SURVIVAL

What made the experience of listening to Yellow Star the most enjoyable?

Learning of the survival instincts of ordinary people in horrendous circumstances.

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

It could be compared to The Diary of Ann Frank. Both were stories of children trying to survive the holocaust.

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

The father - he had a calming effect on the whole family.yet he was clever enough to grab opportunities when they came along.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

there were plenty of tear jerking moments, especially when the children were all rounded up and transported. Everyone knew they were on their way to a death camp.