Is It Night or Day?

Fern Schumer Chapman

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It’s 1938, and twelve-year-old Edith is about to move from the tiny German village she’s lived in all her life to a place that seems as foreign as the moon: Chicago, Illinois. And she will be doing it alone. This dramatic and chilling novel about one girl’s escape from Hitler’s Germany was inspired by the experiences of the author’s mother, one of twelve hundred children rescued by Americans as part of the One Thousand Children project.
 
Is It Night or Day? is a 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.

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NOBODY TOLD ME ANYTHING

Germany 1938

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

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* "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 review

"This empathetic historical novel rings with authenticity." —Kirkus Reviews

* "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 review

"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

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Fern Schumer Chapman

Fern Schumer Chapman is the author of Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She lives in northern Illinois.  

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List

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March 2014
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