By Ann Clare LeZotte
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008
108 pages (hardcover)
It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family’s door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.
It’s good because it really makes you realize how awful World War II was. It’s also told entirely in poems. [I wouldn’t change] much. It serves its purpose to give you a picture of how it wasn’t just bad for the Jews, but for other people too.Yes, [I would recommend this book to middle schoolers] if you are interested in World War II, but if not, it’s kind of short.