Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson

An incredible based on real life story of faith and survival is what you’ll find in Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson.

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief once Hitler is defeated. But, for young Josie Trollmann and her older brother, Andreas, the horrors are just beginning. When the communist leader of Yugoslavia attempts to wipe out the ethnic Germans, four-year-old Josie and twelve-year-old Andreas are separated from their family and sent to a concentration camp. Then Josie finds herself at the death camp, Rudolfsnad. Scared and alone, she must keep praying for her survival and to be reunited with her family again.

Wow! Every once in a while a story touches your heart and you know you won’t soon forget it. Josie is that story. This amazing little girl endures so much on her journey. To think of a four-year-old girl being ripped away from her parents and grandparents and then finding herself alone in a death camp, it makes my eyes well up. Each time you think things will be okay, that safety and security Josie grasps for only moments is ripped away from her. Yet, she prays and prays and focuses on her survival and her desire to see her family again. Through mistreatment and undernourishment and illness, Josie prays for God to get home safely.

This inspiring story is written by Josie’s daughter and niece. What a touching tribute to a person I am so glad I got a chance to meet through the pages of this story. The Epilogue provides additional information about Josie and her family, which draws the reader even closer to them.

 

Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson is a must read for history lovers and those who enjoy incredible stories of faith and courage.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 1260 KB
Print Length: 137 pages
Publisher: Susan Lowe; 1 edition (December 20, 2015)
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B019MEN4SE

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Coming Soon: Catherine’s War by Julia Billet

 

“A shining story of a young girl who struggles to come of age and find her place in a world fraught with danger.” —Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hitler Youth

* Winner of the Youth Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (voted by readers) * Winner of the Artémisia Prize for Historical Fiction * Winner of the Andersen Premio Prize *

A magnificent narrative inspired by a true survival story that asks universal questions about a young girl’s coming of age story, her identity, her passions, and her first loves.

At the Sèvres Children’s Home outside Paris, Rachel Cohen has discovered her passion—photography. Although she hasn’t heard from her parents in months, she loves the people at her school, adores capturing what she sees in pictures, and tries not to worry too much about Hitler’s war. But as France buckles under the Nazi regime, danger closes in, and Rachel must change her name and go into hiding.

As Catherine Colin, Rachel Cohen is faced with leaving the Sèvres Home—and the friends she made there—behind. But with her beautiful camera, Catherine possesses an object with the power to remember. For the rest of the war, Catherine bears witness to her own journey, and to the countless heroes whose courage and generosity saved the lives of many, including her own.

Based on the author’s mother’s own experiences as a hidden child in France during World War II, Catherine’s War is one of the most accessible historical graphic novels featuring a powerful girl since Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi—perfect for fans of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, Anne Frank, or Helen Keller.

Includes a map and photographs of the real Catherine and her wartime experiences, as well as an interview with author Julia Billet.

“Many of the settings are beautifully detailed, and the characters undeniably expressive. Catherine’s ability to find beauty in the world makes for a forward-looking read.” —Booklist *(starred review)*

“This story will make readers want to join the Resistance. Characters are drawn so vividly that, long afterward, readers will remember their names.” —Kirkus

An Indie Next List Pick!

*A Junior Library Guild selection*

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: HarperAlley (January 21, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062915606
ISBN-13: 978-0062915603

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Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy

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Set in a small Welsh coal-mining town during World War II, this moving and unforgettable novel is by turns touching and hilarious.

This 1944 World War Two drama tells the story of Anthony, a boy living in a deprived Welsh village, anticipating the arrival of American troops. Suddenly, a German plane crashes into the village mountain. A Polish prisoner-of-war survives and is brought into the community where he builds a close relationship with Anthony. Later, the villagers discover one of the Germans on the plane has survived and is still on the mountain.

Joyous, thrilling, and nostalgic, Emma Kennedy’s Shoes For Anthony will have you wiping your eyes one moment and beaming from ear-to-ear the next. This is a small gem of a novel that reviewers (and readers) will cherish.

Purchase at: http://us.macmillan.com/shoesforanthony/emmakennedy/9781250090966

EMMA KENNEDY is the author of nine books, including bestsellers The Tent, the Bucket and Me and I Left My Tent in San Francisco. She is also an actress and has appeared in many award winning comedies, including Goodness Gracious Me, People Like Us, and Miranda. She is the Fun editor at Tatler, won “Celebrity Masterchef” in 2012, and is a Guinness World Record holder.

Connect with Emma online at http://us.macmillan.com/author/emmakennedy

Back to Bataan by Jerome Charyn

It’s 1943. World War II is raging in Europe and the Pacific. But In New York City, eleven-year-old Jack Dalton is fighting a war of his own. Having lost his father in Bataan and wanting to protect his mother from the Germans and the Japanese, Jack desires to join the Army. His mother thinks one solider in the family is enough. Even his classmates don’t understand. Attending Dutch Masters Day School on a scholarship, they laugh at his idea of going back to Bataan with General MacArthur. When a classmate steals his girl, Jack is bent on revenge, putting him on a course to meet up with an articulate and charismatic ex-convict who turns his world upside down.

A huge fan of Jerome Charyn’s work, I was thrilled to learn this book was being re-released as an eBook and going on tour. Back to Bataan is an eloquently told story that provides a glimpse into one boy’s life in New York City during World War II. Filled with many engaging characters, this short book (101 pages) tugs at the heartstrings. It is clear that Jack is searching for a good male role model to replace the father he lost. His mother doesn’t understand him. His peers don’t understand him. And he is bullied by the rich students he attends school with. All this drama propels Jack to take certain actions that end up having severe consequences.

I’m a bit on the fence about this book. While the work of a master is evident in Charyn’s telling of Jack’s story, it doesn’t seem to be the right fit for the current YA market. The themes of the horrors of war, a boy’s search for a male role model, and being bullied are definitely topics today’s young people can relate to, but I don’t see Jack’s desire to join the Army and go back to Bataan with MacArthur as being easily understood or accepted by this age group. I’m not certain this story will fully strike a chord with them.

One of the things I think is interesting to note is that the characters on the new cover seem to be in their late teens, but Jack is only eleven in the story. It appears the idea was to attract an older audience, but I’m not certain that will happen because the main characters are so young; and some of the themes running through Back to Bataan are probably too obscure for younger readers. As a lover of historical fiction,I enjoyed the story. I’m just not sure how much of a hit it will be with its target market.

That said, you won’t find a more masterful storyteller than Jerome Charyn. His work is amazing. It digs deep into the heart and delivers meaningful stories that examine life with all its joys and sorrows.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • Publisher:Tribute Books (June 21, 2012)
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  • Language: English

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Jerome Charyn (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”

Since 1964, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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