Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Yanek Gruener is thirteen and a Jew.  He's also a survivor of ten concentration camps before he's free again...

Scholastic and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of March, so watch for it at your local bookstore.

This is novelized version of a true story and it's painful to read.  War brings the animal out in some people, and that was very true of the Nazi troops.  It seems their main purpose in life was to torture and kill the Jews.  Anyone who was different from them got sent to the camps.  Many died on the way there.  Many died after they arrived.  And no one was safe, not even the Jews who tried to work with them.

They lied to them, teased them, didn't feed them, made them work long hours, walk from camp to camp, and they cared not about who made it and who didn't.  No camp was without horrors.  And many lost all their family members.

This is an ugly part of history many young ones have never heard of or perhaps don't understand just how bad it was.  Reading this book will make them see there is real evil in the world.  That can be an important lesson.  My Czechoslovakian grandparents moved here to get away from the war in their countries and away from the communists.  This story would not be unfamiliar to them.

Let your child read a true historical account of the concentration camp life and he/she will view their own life differently.

Happy reading. 

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