I am compelled to read books about WWII. There are so many stories written about this horrible time in history and I continue to seek books where I can find something new to learn and told from a new perspective. It is so important to never forget. I was heartbroken by Mario Escobar’s last book Auschwitz Lullaby which made Children of the Stars a must-read.
It is 1942 and we meet Moses and Jacob Stein, two brothers ages eight and twelve, separated from their parents. They are living with their aunt in Paris while their parents seek a safe place for the family to live as the world around them is falling apart. Under a false sense of security, the boys decide to walk to synagogue one day unaware that the Nazi's have started to round up and deport all Jews.
The brothers find themselves alone and on the run as they try to reunite with their family. They leave Paris with clues as to where they might find their parents. By now, their aunt is missing. They undertake a dangerous journey meeting brave members of the French Resistance who risk their lives to help the brothers. The brothers reach the town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon where they discover that they are not the only Jews being hidden and protected. It will only be a matter of time before the Nazis discover what is occurring.
The book is a work of fiction but the brave people of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, who helped refugees and hid Jews during the war, were real. The author includes some of the actual heroes as characters in the book. You'll want to learn more about them.
Many thanks to Edelweiss, Thomas Nelson Publishers and Mario Escobar for an advance copy of this moving book which will be published on February 25, 2020.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
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