The Diary of Lau­ra’s Twin

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By – January 16, 2012
There is a pletho­ra of choic­es when seek­ing out a qual­i­ty book about the Holo­caust. Laura’s Twin should be at the top of the list. Lau­ra is a typ­i­cal tween prepar­ing for her Bat Mitz­vah. Her Rab­bi asks her to be part of a twin­ning pro­gram,” which involves the sym­bol­ic pair­ing of a Bat or Bar Mitz­vah boy or girl and a vic­tim of the Holo­caust who was unable to have a cer­e­mo­ny. Ini­tial­ly Lau­ra is hes­i­tant. She is too busy with her life and Bat Mitz­vah prepa­ra­tions. But then she is giv­en the diary of a girl name Sara, and she is drawn to her sto­ry of life in the War­saw ghet­to. Soon events in her life have new sig­nif­i­cance in light of Sara’s strug­gles. Through Sara’s diary, read­ers learn about the event of the War­saw Ghet­to from a per­son­al per­spec­tive. There is a great sense of pride in the resis­tance fight­ers. The final out­come of the book is sur­pris­ing and sat­is­fy­ing. The author beau­ti­ful­ly melds his­tor­i­cal events with the con­tem­po­rary issues Lau­ra is fac­ing. Many pho­tographs are includ­ed, which helps to bring the sto­ry to life. At the end of the book is a full descrip­tion of the twin­ing pro­gram and details about the expe­ri­ences of young men and women who have par­tic­i­pat­ed in this right­eous endeav­or. This sto­ry of his­to­ry, faith, and hope belongs in every pub­lic and Juda­ic library and would be a wel­comed addi­tion to any Holo­caust cur­ricu­lum. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 11 and up.
Bar­bara Bietz is a free­lance writer and children’s book review­er. She is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee. Bar­bara is the author of the mid­dle grade book, Like a Mac­cabee. She has a blog ded­i­cat­ed to Jew­ish books for chil­dren at www​.Bar​baraB​Book​Blog​.Blogspot​.com.

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