Mara's Stories

Glimmers in the Darkness

Gary Schmidt

Henry Holt and Co.

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A testament to the power of stories, and how they may bring hope even in times of darkness.

"Everyone gathers around, and from her lips to their ears the stories go, and for a little while the camp disappears, and for a little while they are all free."

As night falls, the women gather their children to listen to Mara tell her stories. They are stories of light and hope and freedom, stories of despair and stories of miracles, stories of expected pain and stories of unexpected joy--all told in the darkness of the concentration camp barracks.

Through extensive research noted in the back of the book, Gary Schmidt has skillfully woven together stories from such sources as the Jewish religious scholar, Martin Buber, Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel; and folklorists, Steve Zeitlin and Yaffa Eliach.

Combining lore of the past with tales born in the concentration camps, Mara's stories speak to us from a time that must never be forgotten.

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Mara's Stories
Stories in the DarknessNight.It always seems to be night in the camps--or at least it always seems to be dark.Somewhere the sun must come up every morning. Somewhere there is more than only dust and clouds and ashes. There must be some place, there must be some place that is warm and bright and green.But not here. Not in this death camp. Not here.Here is always cold. Here is always fear and pain. Here is always hunger. Here is always waiting for ... for what?Night.But there is one moment every day in one of the barracks when the dark and the cold seem to pull away and be forgotten.

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“[Schmidt] leaves specific atrocities between the lines, but effectively conveys a sense of the time’s ‘soul terror,’ adding a leavening of humor and plenty of searching, not-easily-answered questions for the young readers to ponder. Gold, indeed.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“The twenty-three stories . . . are sometimes funny, often sad, but always profound.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
 
“Schmidt’s retellings are succinct and dramatic; stories of miraculous endurance, impossible escapes, and final redemption are presented with a brevity that never undercuts their power.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Gary Schmidt

Gary Schmidt is the author of several historical novels and retellings for young people, as well as academic books on children's literature and folklore. A college professor, he teaches courses on Chaucer, the Middle Ages, and hildren's and young adult literature. Gary, his wife, and their six children live on a farm in Alto, Michigan.

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Mara's Stories
Glimmers in the Darkness
Gary Schmidt

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
March 2008
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ISBN: 9781429940818
ISBN10: 1429940816
Middle-Grade Fiction112 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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March 2008
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