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Clara's war /
Kathy Kacer.
imprint
Toronto : Second Story Press, 2001.
description
189 p. : ill., map.
ISBN
1896764428 :, 9781896764429
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imprint
Toronto : Second Story Press, 2001.
isbn
1896764428 :
9781896764429
general note
"Inspired by real events." -- back cover.
catalogue key
4394474
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Globe & Mail, May 2001
Quill & Quire, May 2001
School Library Journal, February 2002
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Summaries
Description for Reader
It's already a dangerous time for thirteen-year-old Clara and her family. They have just been imprisoned in Terezin (Terezinstadt), a ghetto in a medieval town near Prague -- which was built to show the world how "well" the Nazis were treating Jews during the Second World War. Here Clara encounters hunger, disease and the constant threat of being deported to concentration camps. But in the midst of the horror, she makes strong friendships and also participates in classes where education, music and poetry flourish. A children's opera written by an inmate, "Brundibar," also allows them moments of joy and laughter. With a real escape being planned by her friend Jacob, a family tragedy to confront and an inspection tour from the Red Cross at hand, Clara has some life-challenging decisions to make. Inspired by real events, this compelling work includes historical photographs of the ghetto and of the children on the opening night of the opera.
Long Description
It's already a dangerous time for thirteen-year-old Clara and her family. They have just been imprisoned in Terezin (Terezinstadt), a ghetto in a medieval town near Prague-which was built to show the world how "well" the Nazis were treating Jews during World War II.
Unpaid Annotation
A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers.
Unpaid Annotation
Clara and her family have just been imprisoned in Terezin, a ghetto in a medieval town near Prague. But in the midst of the horror, she makes strong friendships and finds moments of hope and laughter in art, music, and a children's opera written by an inmate.
Main Description
A story of hope and laughter in the midst of the horror of a WWII ghetto.
Main Description
For ages 8+. It's a dangerous time for thirteen-year-old Clara and her family. They have just been imprisoned in Terezin (Terezinstadt), a ghetto in a medieval town near Prague -- which was built to show the world how "well" the Nazis were treating Jews during the Second World War. Here Clara encounters hunger, disease and filthy living conditions. Even worse is the constant threat of being deported to concentration camps where the possibility of death awaits her. But in the midst of the horror of these conditions Clara makes strong friendships with Hanna, a girl from home and Jacob, an older boy who helps her learn about life in the ghetto. She also participates in classes where education, music and poetry flourish. Life in the ghetto takes an unusual turn for the young people when a children's opera, Brundibar, written by an inmate, allows them moments of joy and laughter. with a real escape being planned by Jacob, a family tragedy to confront, and an inspection tour from the Red Cross at hand, Clara has some life-challenging decisions to make. Inspired by real events, particularly by performances of Brundibar, this compelling work for readers ten and up includes historical photographs of the ghetto and of the children on the opening night of the opera. A review of the performance written by a young boy in an underground ghetto newspaper adds further depth to the book.

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