Irene N. Watts (Author), Kathryn E. Shoemaker (Illustrator)
- Reading level: Ages 8 and up
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (August 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088776830X
- ISBN-13: 978-0887768309
A heartbreaking story of loss and love.
As autumn turns toward winter in 1938 Berlin, life for Marianne Kohn, a young Jewish girl, begins to crumble. First there was the burning of the neighbourhood shops. Then her father, a mild-mannered bookseller, must leave the family and go into hiding. No longer allowed to go to school or even sit in a café, Marianne’s only comfort is her beloved mother. Things are bad, but could they get even worse? Based on true events, this fictional account of hatred and racism speaks volumes about both history and human nature.
“‘Dogs and Jews not admitted.’ Watts was one of the 10,000 Jewish children who were sent from Nazi Europe to Britain in the Kindertransport rescue operation in 1938; her moving autobiographical novel personalizes what it was like to be a Jewish child in Berlin at the time.”