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Image credit: Author Steve Sheinkin at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84407868


Obras por Steve Sheinkin

Lincoln's Grave Robbers (2012) 705 exemplares

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Guys Read: True Stories (2014) — Contribuidor — 182 exemplares


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I try to read most of what Steven Sheinkin writes. As a middle school librarian, he's such a great narrative non-fiction writer for students who are 12 - 15 and are interested in history.

In this trip into history, we meet Rudi Vrba, a Jew, who wants to fight against Hitler. He leaves home only to get captured. Twice. He ends up in Auschwitz. We learn that people live about five months here; Rudi makes it 18 months before escaping. His story tells what it was really like to live in Auschwitz, probably the most infamous camp. He tells of the other Jews and what happened to them as well as the jobs that he has. I truly believe that luck determines much during war. So many Jews were killed; Rudi was lucky to live. There's no other way around it. He admits it. He believes that the world needs to know what is happening to the Jews who are "relocated." He wants the truth to be revealed, which is why the security is so tight and cruel. He believes the Nazis don't want the world to know. Because of his escape, Rudi tells the world and saves Jews that would have been transported in some of the last transports of Jews to concentration camps. The world pressures Hungary to stop aiding Hitler in moving the Jews. It works. So many had already been killed, but many believe 100,000 were saved because of Rudi's testimony. Quite honestly, it's hard to hear about life in the camp and then go eat, sleep in a good bed, and live an easy life.

Gerta stays safe, hiding by lying low with her family, hoping they don't get relocated. Gerta believes her family don't understand what's truly happening and living their lives without seeming to care about then people suffering. She worries constantly about being taken. Eventually, Gerta's father is arrested. Gerta and her mother keep moving about and trying to stay unnoticed. Toward the end of the war, Gerta begins helping with the resistance and gets arrested for hiding her identity as a Jew. She and her mother remain together.

All in all, this book tells the story of bravery, chance, and luck in the face of try evil. It's a story that cannot be forgotten, for history is doomed to repeat itself. These atrocities should not be repeated. As hard as it is, continue to read history and to learn.
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acargile | 3 outras críticas | Apr 6, 2024 |
Gr 6 Up—With entertaining background stories and unbelievable facts, Sheinkin's latest engrossing narrative covers
the U.S. and Soviet arms race up through the Cuban Missile Crisis. This is a nonfiction history lesson disguised as a
gripping spy thriller that readers won't be able to put down.
BackstoryBooks | 8 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2024 |
Gr 8 Up—In vivid language, Sheinkin recounts Rudi Vrba's harrowing escape from the camps during World War II
while contextualizing history appropriate for the intended audience. The narrative also tells of the survival of
classmate Gerta Sidonová, living under an assumed identity. Dual stories build suspense while championing the
teens' survival.
BackstoryBooks | 3 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2024 |
I like that Sheinkin made this engaging enough to hold a teen's attention (primarily from first hand accounts from those involved) without resorting to childish gimmicks - I'd have no problem handing this to an adult that wants a quick, suspenseful primer on the development of the atomic bomb and the start of the cold war. He really humanized the scientists that developed it and the spies that betrayed its secrets. It was a fascinating look into the world of espionage.
sloth852 | 166 outras críticas | Mar 13, 2024 |



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