Books  Set in WW II

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KIRKUS:

Two Italian sisters try to survive in Japan during World War II...a long and treacherous journey ... in a country that now sees them as the enemy...an unusual perspective on ...a history rarely told

HORN BOOK:

......becomes a survival story...what saves them are Simona’s strength and determination but also the sisters’ assimilation into and respect for Japanese culture...told with immediacy, compassion, and nuance

SCHOOL LIBRARY

JOURNAL:

...a stunning look at the humanity of the Japanese and Italians during World War II... an enthralling story of sisterhood amongst harrowing war.

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

...Simona and Carolina’s story is one of the power of sisterhood and survival, thrown into a country they know nothing about and adapting under dire circumstances.

IN A FLASH

2020 Random House (kindle 2020)

ISBN 9781101934135

  •    Junior Library Guild selection

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STONES IN WATER (first in a series with FIRE IN THE HILLS)

1997 Dutton (pb 1999) (ebook 2015)

ISBN 0-525-45842-5

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

... Few books view the Holocaust from this vantage point...

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

...Children will be riveted by Roberto's struggle to stay alive -- and aid others along the way -- against enormous odds...

 

KIRKUS:

... Riveting... A memorable survival story...

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  • Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 1998

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries 1998

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, Pennsylvania Library Association

  • nominated Nebraska Golden Sower Young Adult Award

  • nominated Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award of Illinois

  • North Carolina Battle of the Books 2012-2013

  • American Library Association Best Books

  • American Library Association Notable

  • National Council of Social Studies Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Books

  • boxed starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • New York Public Library Best Books

  • nominated Allen White Children's Book Award, Kansas

  • nominated Young Hoosier Book Award, Indiana

  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List, Vermont

  • nominated Maud Hart Lovelace Award, Minnesota

  • in braille and in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

  • Audiobook (ISBN 978-0525-59691)

  • in Dutch (1998 Averbode SAMEN STERK ISBN 90-317-1381-3)

  • in Danish (1999 Carlsen SOM STEN I VAND ISBN 87-562-8086-6)

  • UK edition (1999 Oxford U Press ISBN 0-19-271798-7, also in paperback)

  • in German (2001 Carl Hanser Verlag FLUCHT NACH VENEDIG ISBN 3-446-20012-6)

  • in Korean (2008 Pulbit Publishing Co. ISBN 978-89-7474-621-6)

  • Performed as drama at Media Theatre, Media, PA, 2003

 

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FIRE IN THE HILLS 

(sequel to STONES IN WATER)
2006 Dutton (pb 2008)

ISBN 0-525-47751-9 

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, Pennsylvania Library Association

 

 

KIRKUS:

... powerful.. strong, action-packed ode to the Italian resistance movement... a side of WWII that will fascinate readers...

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