Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust
by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy
Grades 5 & up
This is one of the most powerful books about the Holocaust that I have read in a long time. Even if you have read many others, I strongly suggest reading this one.
Michael Gruenbaum was a young boy when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia and marched through his hometown of Prague. We follow his journey as the laws becoming stricter and stricter. His family is moved into the ghetto, where his father is taken by the SS. They are later deported to Terezin, where he becomes part of a group of boys known as the Nesharim. Everything in this story is told from Michael’s perspective and we feel the mix of emotions as his world is turned upside down. Because of the way the story is presented (first person, present tense) the reader is drawn into this world more deeply. The emotions are raw as we try to make sense of what we are seeing through Michael’s eyes. Highly recommended for grades 5 & up. Some background knowledge of the Holocaust is suggested.
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