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The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    More of a YA book but worth the read.

    Although this book is billed as a memoir I don't think I would describe it as such. It is more of a true life experience written in almost novel form. Even though I found the writing to be more for a young adult/early teen audience I still could not put this book down. The story is very heartwarming and it kept making my eyes tear up (not fun when you have a scratched eyeball). I had many things I needed to do but they seemed less important to me than what was going on in Lisa's life in London during WWII. Lisa's story is one of parental sacrifice, the power of friends and family(whether blood related or not), resilience, and the healing power of music.

    I would highly recommend it for many YA readers who are looking for something to read for a history class.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    The Holocaust Survived by a Young Girl

    This book was about a young girl, Lisa Jura, who lives during the time of the Holocaust. Vienna, the place that she lives, becomes a terrible place to live for Jews because of the Nazi's. Her family has one ticket for the kindertransport, a train that takes Jewish kids to England so their lives are not endangered. One reason her parents choose her out of thier three children is because she has incredible talent when it comes to playing the piano and they think she can make something of herself if she continues to play... As soon as you open this book you can't put it down. You want to know want to know what happens next and if she survived through the whole thing. Because it was based on a true story, it makes you think that this could have happened to you if you lived during this time. Overall this is a great book and I really enjoyed reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    World War II Revisited - A Musician's Story

    I read this book because I saw an interview with the author. She is so talented and articulate. Listening to her speak about her mother made me want to read the book. I love books about London during World War II, and this book was alive with details. A a musician I also found the musical aspect of the story intriging. I will keep this book and read it again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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