This book was provided to me by NetGalley and Little Egg Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review.
What I Loved: Learning about the hiding of Jewish children in plain sight was so great. I have not read a story like this before and it just drew me in from the first page. I loved how J.E. Laufer wrote the story. She kept the scenes short and moved the book right along. I actually would have enjoyed this book being a bit longer!
How I Felt: Saddened at the terrible things this family went through, but the strength of this entire family was so moving! Pearl and her entire family, amazingly persevered through incredibly difficult odds.
To Read or Not to Read: You must read this book! I finished it in less than 24 hours. It was so good!!
What’s This Book About Anyway?
This is a true story, following Pearl and her family at the start of World War II in Poland. Pearl and her family must run as the Nazi’s invade their town and begin shooting people. Their grandmother is shot as they run and in the confusion and terror, they lose track of one of her brothers. Thus begins a terrifying journey to survive for Pearl and her family.
After being turned away from numerous homes, they take refuge in a forest and abandoned bunker. As they try to survive there, they realize they must hide some of the children at farms in the area. Pearl pretends to be an orphan and is taken in as a helper on a woman’s farm.
Pearl’s story is so intense and moving, you can’t stop reading. The book is well-written and easy to read. The story never has downtime and my only wish is that there had been more! There’s photos at the end of the book of Pearl and her family, which was a wonderful addition.
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