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"This fictionalized account of Mordechai Anielewicz and the 1942 Warsaw ghetto uprising will appall and unnerve its readers. The nameless Jewish narrator, an older boy, meets Anielewicz at the very moment his fury has given way to fear. His mother lies dying and his sister has already disappeared. Most of Warsaw's Jewish population has been sent to the camps, and Nazi soldiers have butchered a Jewish mother and infant before his eyes. Now a stranger appears. 'We have weapons,' Anielewicz tells the boy urgently. 'But we need more people.' The narrator joins the resistance fighters and tastes their single, fleeting victory, a momentary triumph prefigured in the narrator's glimpse of a gaily colored parakeet one miserable day. Strzelecki's monochrome drawings use rich blue-gray lines on cream pages to portray faces furrowed with pain, then builds to nightmarish conflagrations, battles, and corpses. Sometimes a single sentence appears on a blue-gray page, the better to emphasize it: 'I had never felt so Jewish before,' the narrator says. Sax's achievement is to have made every reader feel this with him. Originally published in Belgium. Ages 14 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
It's World War II, and Misha's family, like the rest of the Jews living in Warsaw, has been moved by the Nazis into a single crowded ghetto. Conditions are appalling: every day more people die from disease, starvation, and deportations. Misha does his best to help his family survive, even crawling through the sewers to smuggle food. When conditions worsen, Misha joins a handful of other Jews who decide to make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.
Heavily illustrated with sober blue-and-white drawings, this powerful novel dramatically captures the brutal reality of a tragic historical event.