Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Review: The Year of Goodbyes, A true story of friendship, family, and farewells by Debbie Levy

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Published by Hyperion Books For Children on March 16, 2010/144 pages/For ages 10-11 or middle school grades.

This book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing. 

The author has written this book based on an account of a poetry type album her mother kept during the year 1938. Her mother's name is Jutta Lieselotte Salzberg. When 1938 begins Jutta is 11 and living in Hamburg, Germany with her parents and younger sister Ruth. They are Jewish, and during 1938 the governing Nazi Party is working to destroy and eradicate all Jew's. Time is running out for all of them, they are fearful and anxious for a way of escape. Jutta and her friends keep poetry type albums named poesiealbum. They are a more serious and intimate form than the American style autograph book. In the writings of the poesiealbum, Jutta and her beloved friends express their fearfulness, anxiety, frustration, anger, and sadness in what is going on outside their homes and close-nit group. They are fearful for their parents and fearful for their futures.

This is a deeply personal account written in short sentences; but with words that display the horror of the situation for the Jew's during the Holocaust. Children speak honestly, and Jutta is a young girl that is in a whirlwind of impending doom. The book is frightening, emotional, and memorable.

Blissful Reading!

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