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Too Many Goodbyes: The Diaries of Susan Garfield

by Susan Garfield

In 1944, as Budapest’s Jews begin to suffer under German occupation, eleven-year-old Zsuzsi (Susie) takes to her diary to write about her friends and family as she copes with what it means to be persecuted....

Confronting Devastation

by Ferenc Laczó

An anthology of writing from Hungarian Holocaust survivors that examines the experiences and memory of the Holocaust in Hungary. Editor Ferenc Laczó frames excerpts from some twenty memoirs in their historical...

Unsung Heroes

by Tibor Benyovits

In 1944, after German forces invade Hungary, the Zionist youth organization that twelve-year-old Tibor belongs to goes underground to avoid detection. When Tibor is separated from his family, he must rely on...

A Childhood Adrift

by René Goldman

René Goldman grows up entranced with the theatre, music, languages and geography. Enveloped by his parents’ love and protection, he wanders the streets of Luxembourg and then Brussels, carefree and prone...

Always Remember Who You Are

by Anita Ekstein

When the Nazis invade eastern Poland in 1941, young Anita Ekstein, a cherished only child in a large, close-knit family, is suddenly living in the shadow of fear and violence. At seven years old, she and her...

Memories in Focus

by Pinchas Gutter

Ten-year-old Pinchas is separated from his parents and twin sister when they are deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the killing site of Majdanek. As Pinchas is sent on to a series of concentration camps, he...

Chaos to Canvas

by Maxwell Smart

In the town of Buczacz, Poland, eleven-year-old Maxwell plays in the ruins of old castles and enjoys a quiet life with his family until the summer of 1941, when the Nazis invade and destroy his childhood forever....

From Loss to Liberation

by Joseph Tomasov

In the fall of 1944, the Slovak National Uprising both endangers and saves Joseph Tomasov’s life. At twenty-two years old and Jewish, Joseph has been a constant target of the Nazis and their Slovak allies....

Carry the Torch / A Lasting Legacy

by Sam Weisberg & Johnny Jablon

In the Krakow-Plaszow forced labour camp, both Johnny and Sam quickly learn of the brutality of the new commandant, Amon Göth. At sixteen years old, both feel like they are walking a tightrope, where one wrong...

Dangerous Measures

by Joseph Schwarzberg

Fleeing Germany after the violence of the Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, young Joseph and his family find safety in Belgium, but all too soon they have to escape again — this time to France — when the Germans...

Dignity Endures

by Judith Rubinstein

When the train from Hungary to Auschwitz brings Judith face-to-face with death, her mother’s quick actions save her. At twenty-four years old, separated from her family, she struggles to stay alive in a system...

A Tapestry of Survival

by Leslie Mezei

Twelve-year-old Leslie Mezei, a lively, curious boy, doesn’t realize how precarious his life is as a Jew in German-occupied Hungary in 1944. His older sister Magda, aware of the growing danger from Nazis and...

A Part of Me

by Bronia Jablon

Bronia Jablon is separated from her family, and even her husband has escaped into the woods without her. It is 1942, the height of Nazi persecution in Poland, and Bronia and her three-year-old daughter, Lucy,...

In Search of Light

by Martha Salcudean

Martha Salcudean is ten years old when her childhood comes to an abrupt end. The war has been raging around her for years, but in Northern Transylvania, now a part of Hungary, the atrocities intensify with the...

Flights of Spirit

by Elly Gotz

Sixteen-year-old Elly Gotz hides with his family in an underground bunker in the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania, prepared to die rather than be found by the Nazis. After surviving nearly three years in the ghetto,...

My Story Starts Here

by Deborah Ellis

Jamar found refuge in a gang after leaving an abusive home where his mother stole from him. Fred was arrested for assault with a weapon, public intoxication and attacking his mother while on drugs. Jeremy first...

You Be Me

by Susan Musgrave

Girls in their teens form friendships that are astonishingly intense, yet these relationships are often broken and reformed, filled with confidences and betrayals, loyalty and fickleness. In these deeply honest...

The Story of Poobum & Pompom

by Anne Walsh

From the author:

When my youngest daughter was born, my eldest was very upset with me for having her sister and, with her sister for taking some of my attention away from her. I wrote this book to help my daughter...

Have You Hugged Your Alien?

by Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh is an art therapist living and working in Kemptville, Ontario.

She supports families through transitions such as divorce, illness, growing pains and loss.

Art therapy helps children identify, express...

Unzip the Adolescent Chick

by Ann Carni

Adolescent girls face numerous issues in todays world, and they could use a reliable road map to help them navigate the various obstacles they might face.

Unzip the Adolescent Chick offers a go-to reference for...