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#146802 in Books Aline Sax 2013-10-16Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.63 x .62 x 4.75l, .0 #File Name: 0802854281176 pagesThe War Within These Walls | File size: 65.Mb Aline Sax : The War within These Walls before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my


time, and all praised The War within These Walls: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A memorable lyrical story with fantastic illustrationsBy Kayla (The Bookish Owl)*A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THANK YOU, EERDMANS PUBLISHING!*Originally posted on The Bookish Owl (http://www.thebookishowl.net/?p=4933)Before I start critiquing the story, the actual illustrations and whatnot, I would just like to bring to attention the fact that the physical copy of The War Within these Walls is a sight to behold. It has an amazing texture one that literally begs me to caress it, running my fingers all over its smooth surface. The book is of a unique size too and while book hoarders with an affinity for shelving their books by size might find it annoying, I personally think that its height makes it stand out amongst my other books.The War Within These Walls tells the story of Misha and his family. They are Polish Jews who are caught in the middle when the Nazis occupy Poland in 1939. They are humiliated, degraded, discriminated against, and are finally crammed into a single ghetto. The book follows Misha as he joins the Resistance group until that fateful day of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.The book is told in a lyrical prose that isnt really poetry but flows nonetheless. There is a certain kind of rhythm in the story that makes it more than memorable. At certain points in the book, I would find myself repeating a sentence over and over again, running it through my mind and tasting the words on my tongue. The beauty of the writing style is a chilling contrast to the story it is telling, a story filled with anguish, death and hopelessness.The illustrations created by Caryl Strzelecki are stark and vivid, found on every page. Although I couldnt understand the connection of some of the drawings to the story on the accompanying side, they were still stunning and haunting. The rich artwork combined with the captivating story made The War Within These Walls an unforgettable read.Aline Sax constructs the character of Misha brilliantly. Although a fictional character, I thought that she managed to fuse together hundreds of different Jewish heroes excellently so much so that Misha felt corporeal. His feelings, his thoughts, his actions and his emotions were what other Jews living in the ghetto went through during World War II and it was wonderful that Saxs protagonist was able to embody all of them.At a mere 169 pages, The War Within These Walls is a short and quick read but it is haunting, rendering it impossible to forget. It is an outstanding illustration of the horror that went on during the Nazi rule in Poland and both Sax and Strzelecki were able to do justice to the bravery and courage that the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising displayed. Highly recommend.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Powerful language combined with stark yet beautiful drawings...By MaineGirlPowerful language combined with stark yet beautiful drawings make this short novel arresting. Although marketed as a young adult novel in the US, I found nothing juvenile about the treatment or the language.Misha and his family are Polish Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto by the Germans during the Holocaust. As more and more people are forced into the ghetto, the threat of starvation rises. Misha begins crossing to the Aryan side of the wall via the sewers to find food for his family. The knowledge of the underground passages serves him well when he joins a group of Jewish fighters determined to make the Germans pay when they come to liquidate the ghetto.Similar to a graphic novel, the drawings are integral to the storytelling. Particularly moving was the juxtaposition of black text on white pages with the occasional black page with white text. Although the story of the Warsaw Uprising is well-known, this telling is worth reading for its visual and emotional impact.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. An Excellent Historical View of WarsawBy Elements of ElementaryThe War Within These Walls is a compelling read about the Holocaust of World War II. The narrator is a young (teenage) Jew living in Warsaw, Poland. The story starts when the first relocation of Jews in Poland began after the German occupation, and ends in the rebellion of Jews still remaining in the walled ghetto of Warsaw.This book is very true to the nature of the cruelties that children lived through during this time. Holocaust, injury, genocide, torture, and death are all present. While it is written in a fictional format, it is very much a nonfiction tale of what really happened. This is a great story, however, I suggest Extreme Caution in setting this book out in a classroom. I keep this book behind my desk, where students can request to read it if they have parental permission first. It's World War II, and Misha's family, like the rest of the Jews living in Warsaw, has been moved by the Nazis into a single crowded ghetto. Conditions are appalling: every day more people die from disease, starvation, and deportations. Misha does his best to help his family survive, even crawling through the sewers to smuggle food. When conditions worsen, Misha joins a handful of other Jews who decide to make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.Heavily illustrated with sober blue-and-white drawings, this powerful novel dramatically captures the brutal reality of a tragic historical event. From School Library JournalGr 8 Up-Told from the point of view of a Jewish teen, this short, illustrated novel begins with the invasion of Poland in 1939 and goes on to describe the limits placed on the Jewish population and their eventual incarceration in the Warsaw Ghetto. The narrator describes the daily humiliations, depravations, despair, and deaths at the hands of the Nazis. When his family runs out of food, the narrator descends into the sewer system to cross to the Polish side of the Ghetto walls, where he is able to buy or steal food. When the Nazis employ flame


throwers to kill those in the sewers, he loses his nerve. Unfortunately, he isn't able to stop his younger sister from traveling the sewers, and one day she doesn't return. When it becomes clear that everyone in the Ghetto is going to be resettled in the East, the narrator is ready, when approached by Mordechai Anielewicz, one of the actual leaders of the uprising, to join the resistance. The last portion of the book describes the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising from the narrator's point of view. The pen, ink, and pencil artwork serves to extend and clarify the story. The combination of the illustrations and the author's spare prose make this a good choice for reluctant readers and an outstanding example of Holocaust fiction.-Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.From BooklistTeenage Misha narrates the story of what happened during WWII when Nazi forces took over Poland and walled off a part of Warsaw in 1940 to hold all the Jews in that city. Misha rebels against the inhumane conditions of meager rations and the tremendous overcrowding in the Warsaw Ghetto by smuggling food until his younger sister disappears while on a run through the sewer system. Then, in 1943, when he learns that the Nazis plan to kill all the Jews by transporting them to concentration camps, he joins a rebel group determined to fight back no matter how hopeless their cause might be. Everything about the format of the bookits tall and narrow shape, the somber blue-and-white illustrations that work together with the spare prose, the alternating white and black pagesmakes the reader pause and take notice of what is happening. This very personal viewpoint of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising makes a powerful impact that will last long after reading. Grades 9-12. --Kat Kan American Library Association (ALA), Mildred L. Batchelder Honor (2014)United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), Outstanding International BooksNational Council for the Social Studies Children's Book Council, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young PeopleAssociation of Jewish Libraries, Sydney Taylor Book Award - Honor bookJewish Book Council, National Jewish Book Award Children's/YA Book categoryKirkus s, Best Books of the YearKirkus s, Starred Society of Illustrators, "The Original Art" annual exhibition (2013)Publishers Weekly, Best Books of the Year - TeenPublishers Weekly, Starred (2013)School Library Journal, Starred (2013)Society of Illustrators, "The Original Art" annual exhibition2013 IndieFab AwardsHonorable Mention in Young Adult FictionBulletin of the Center for Childrens Books Blue Ribbon ListChristian Library Journal A powerful, fictionalized memoir.

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