Sarah's Stars

Allan Zullo & Mara Bovsun. Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust
Scholastic  $6.99  ISBN 0-439-66996-0  196 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 15

Survivors includes eight short stories about children who lived through the Holocaust. Each story is shocking, and it is appalling what the Jews were forced to live through. The hardships that many survived were phenomenal, and terrifying to even begin to think about. After each story there is a short description about what happened to each of them after the War.

I really enjoyed reading those summaries, and was amazed at what many accomplished. To carry on a normal life after having witnessed such heinous corruption and events is, to me, unimaginable.

I thought that although the stories were amazing there was a bit too much information supplied. I lost track of names and dates, making some of the stories difficult to understand. I think that to get the full effect of the book, one would have to read it, or at least certain stories, a couple of times. That said, I think that overall the stories were astounding. Because of the mature content, I think that no one younger than Grade 7 should read this book. I can watch horror movies and then sleep in the pitch black, but every time I read a novel about the Holocaust I have bad dreams.

Four stars for an eye-opening collection.


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