An excellent introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 10 and up, this slender book combines simple but expressive illustrations with an age-appropriate narrative.
Due to a missing ticket, sixteen-year-old Hedy has been separated from her family as they attempt to escape the Nazi infiltration into Hungary. Illustrations showing drooping postures and anxious facial expressions depict the insecurity of a young girl who knows her family must leave immediately rather than wait for a full complement of tickets; otherwise it may be too late. Although Hedy tells her story in matter-of-fact language, the illustrations convey her anxiety and fear, showing a teenager traveling alone during a dangerous time. The inclusion of family photographs and use of conversational language communicate to the reader the terror and fright of this young Jewish girl, doing her best to maintain her composure and her judgment as she wends her way toward neutral Portugal. There, she finally meets her worried family in time to board a boat to America.
Highly recommended, the book also includes a useful timeline of Hitler’s devastating progress and maps.