Few stories have been written about Jewish girls, who, having escaped the final “aktion” of their ghetto, made their way to the forest where Jewish partisans lived in underground bunkers. As this is fiction, teenage Halina will be instantly recognizable to teen readers through the literary devices of dialogue, suspense, romance, and mother/daughter tiffs; it also rings true as a danger-filled Holocaust account of one girl’s strength in the face of destruction and is obviously based upon true experiences. Ages 10 and up.
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.