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Mara's Stories

Glimmers in the Darkness

Gary Schmidt

Square Fish

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

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 forg
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Praise for Mara's Stories

“[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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gary Schmidt

  • Gary Schmidt is the author of many well-received books for young readers, including The Wednesday Wars, First Boy, and The Wonders of Donal O'Donnell. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy was both a Newbery Honor Book and a Printz Honor Book. Gary teaches writing at Calvin College and lives with his wife, author Elizabeth Stickney, and their six children on a farm in Alto, Michigan.
  • Gary Schmidt
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Mara's Stories

Glimmers in the Darkness

Gary Schmidt

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