A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel

A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel

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by Joseph Joffo, Vincent Bailly
     
 

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In this captivating memoir, two young brothers use ingenuity, spirit, and teamwork to elude the Nazis. Readers will find themselves instinctively rooting for these children caught in the whirlwind of World War II. In a newly translated afterword, Joffo responds to questions he's been asked most frequently by students-about anti-semitism, courage, and forgiveness.See more details below

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In this captivating memoir, two young brothers use ingenuity, spirit, and teamwork to elude the Nazis. Readers will find themselves instinctively rooting for these children caught in the whirlwind of World War II. In a newly translated afterword, Joffo responds to questions he's been asked most frequently by students-about anti-semitism, courage, and forgiveness.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 09/02/2013
This marvelously conceived and executed graphic memoir, adapted from Joffo’s 1973 book of the same name, tells the story of four Jewish brothers who spend WWII hiding from Nazi soldiers in Vichy France. When the Germans arrive, the boys’ father sends them off in pairs to separate destinations, instructing them never to reveal their Jewish identities to anyone. The two younger boys, Jo (the author) and Maurice, travel from city to city, always one step ahead of arrest. Sometimes they’re saved by decent French citizens (“Oh, the children are with me,” says a priest, casually). More often, desperation makes the boys quick-witted, as when they persuade an interrogator that what appears to be circumcision is the result of surgery for adhesions. The brothers’ courage, Joffo makes clear in the story’s early pages, has its source in their father’s valor. He dies in the camps, but his wife and sons survive. Bailly’s artwork carries much of the story’s emotional impact—every character is drawn with care, and every scene is crammed with atmospheric detail. Not to be missed. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467715164
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
707,716
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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