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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 14+

Good read

Im saying in this review that there is too much smoking, because apparently, according to this website, theres no smoking in the book, but this is false, one of the main characters, Ferdi, is known for always having a cig in his mouth, and the orphan boys smoke cigs all the time throughout the book.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

Good book

I thought this book was good. It wasn't as violent as the other books about the holocaust but it had its moments. Although overall it's worth reading.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (74 ):

This well-written book about the Holocaust is worthwhile and valuable. Yet, coming from Jerry Spinelli, it is still somewhat disappointing. He's known for highly original and stylized fiction that packs an emotional wallop. But this straightforward novel keeps the reader at a certain emotional distance, and provides little historical context, either in the story or in any author's notes or even references. Young readers who don't already know about the Holocaust will not find it very informative. The story moves right along, keeping the reader turning the pages, but it somehow doesn't pack a huge emotional punch. Perhaps Spinelli was trying to protect his readers a bit. If so, he's been too successful.

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