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Based on a true story, Along the Tracks tells the tale of Yankele, a Polish boy who is separated from his mother during the German invasion of Poland in World War II.

Recounts the adventures of a young Jewish boy who is driven from his home by the German invasion, becomes a refugee in the Soviet Union, is separated from his family, and undergoes many hardships before enjoying a normal home again.

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Overview

Based on a true story, Along the Tracks tells the tale of Yankele, a Polish boy who is separated from his mother during the German invasion of Poland in World War II.

Recounts the adventures of a young Jewish boy who is driven from his home by the German invasion, becomes a refugee in the Soviet Union, is separated from his family, and undergoes many hardships before enjoying a normal home again.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rarely is YA historical fiction this immediate and involving." Publishers Weekly

"Readers are exposed to a compellingly authentic picture of life in the likes of Tashkent and Samarkand during the war - a cruel world where the state effectively abandoned homeless children, but where some remnants of kindness and humanity survived. A gripping, evocative story." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rarely is YA historical fiction this immediate and involving. Yankele, a Jewish boy in Lodz, is six years old when the Nazis invade Poland, and his parents take him and his sister on a weeks-long, dangerous trek into the Soviet Union--so vividly rendered that the reader can sense the hero's exhaustion, share his fear as bombs explode on the swarming route. The family finds safety from the Nazis if not a genuine haven: they suffer in a mining camp in the Urals for almost two years before Yankele's father is drafted to serve in the Russian army. As the war grows closer, Yankele's mother takes him and his sister on a refugee train bound for Kazakhstan. Then a catastrophe occurs that separates Yankele from the rest of his family. His ensuing odyssey leads him through the eastern Soviet republics, living among child gangs, in state orphanages or with kind strangers, and he is forced to develop hair-trigger reflexes. Carefully weaving historical details into this unforgettable adventure, Bergman, an Israeli who based this work on a true story, achieves a cinematic scope. Ages 11-14. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpFrom descriptions of the subject's early childhood to the beginnings of his passion for creating special films, this account captures and holds readers' interest. Ferber comments on the subject's single-minded drive to create the pictures in his mind on film, his family's tolerance of his creative impulses, and the cruel teasing that led him into a fantasy world of his own making. By the time he was 14, Spielberg was winning minor awards for his productions. This inspiring biography does not gloss over the sacrifices of Spielberg (and his family), or of the total commitment he gave to become the success he is. Black-and-white photos show the subject and shots from his various films. A clear, highly readable choice for collections needing up-to-date, celebrity biographies.Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High, Brockton, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395745137
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/25/1995
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 821,936
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Bergman is the happy mother of three (grown-up) children, a score of books, and hundreds of radio scripts. Among the many honors her books have received, The Boy from Over There won the Berenstein Prize in 1984 and was named the best Israeli children's book by the Center of Literature for Children and Youth at the University of Haifa. Along the Tracks also received critical acclaim and was awarded the Ze'ev Prize in 1988 from the Ministry of Education. Tamar Bergman lives in Jerusalem with her husband and a pair of bicycles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    A Rare Gripping Book w/ Very Good Ending

    This book is a great read, especially for those who like historical fiction or historical nonfiction. In a lot of novels the author uses such description and feeling that one becomes convinced that the characters are real, and in this case the characters actually are real living people!!! This true account of a little boy's childhood is unpredictable and very interesting. It is sad (especially with some of the minor characters), but it ends very well. I wish I could meet the author!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2001

    Do NOT let the title fool you!

    This was a very educational, enjoyable, and fast-paced novel. The writer keeps you entertained page after page and keeps you ready to read the next turn it will take. Very Good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Long The Tracks

    I thought this book was great. I read it for school and we had to learn about other countrys. I tought the book would be boring and i would stop reading it like i do with most books but this book was different. Along the tracks was at top of all the books with "Another Rive Anthor Town". this book sould get 5 stars with every thing. I dont like reading as many student today but this book was vary good and i think many people would like it to!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    attention grabing

    The book Along the Tracks by Tamar Bergman was a good book and grabs your attention. One of the problems with this book is some of the book is great and there is alot of dryspots. mostly the 8 year old boy is trying to find him mom. Over all a ok book

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