NOBODY TOLD ME ANYTHING
The first long train trip I ever took in Germany was my last. Now I see that it was a funeral procession. The mourners traveling with me were my father, my mother, and Mina, a Christian girl who lived with my family and was as dear to me as my big sister, Betty. We were burying my childhood.
The train would take us from our little town of Stockstadt am Rhein all the way to Bremen, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) away. Only once had I been so far away from home: a year earlier, my parents had borrowed our uncle’s car, and we
"This book is an exceptional story of survival and devotion to homeland....This is a wonderful study of the Holocaust in a way that young readers will understand. Highly Recommended." Library Media Connection [STARRED]
"This empathetic historical novel rings with authenticity.” --Kirkus
“In Edith’s bewildered, sad, angry voice, the words are eloquent and powerful... As with the best writing, the specifics about life as a young immigrant are universal…” --Booklist [STARRED]
...Chapman captures a plucky determination in Edith that readers will find endearing. There is no Cinderella ending for Edith, but the hope she finds in Jewish ballplayer Hank Greenberg and the honesty in her story make this historical fiction well worth reading.” --Publishers Weekly
Fern Schumer Chapman