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The Red Ribbon

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might all have been friends together. But this was Birchwood.

As 14-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. 

Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival. Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. 

She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive. Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive? Will she fight for herself alone, or will she trust the importance of an ever-deepening friendship with Rose? One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud - a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope. 

©2017 Lucy Adlington (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • mrs a j harding
  • 12-04-18

Amazing

What a beautiful story about a young girl alone in a concentration camp who made good friends through terrible circumstances.
I found it very difficult to stop listening to this book, it had me totally gripped. Narrator absolutely amazing,Very much recommended.
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  • funkstellinweg
  • 11-08-18

Can't think of anything else.

What a book? It is so beautifully written. The short and simple sentences create tension and urgency all the way through the book, to reflect the bitter reality at Birchwood.

I adore the characters Rose and Ella. They are so likable from the start.

My favourite parts of the book are when little presents of food come Ella's way. I try to imagine what it might have been like to live on water-soup and a small piece of bread a day. Where does Ella take her strength from? She says Hope, which is symbolised by her red ribbon.

I hope this book is in other people's opinions (not just jn mine) worthy of a film adaptation.

It ought to be on the curriculum in schools.