Daniel's Story

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Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930's. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own property, or even work, Daniel's family is forced from their home in Frankfurt and sent on a long and dangerous journey, first to the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and then to Auschwitz —, the Nazi death ...

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Overview

Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930's. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own property, or even work, Daniel's family is forced from their home in Frankfurt and sent on a long and dangerous journey, first to the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and then to Auschwitz —, the Nazi death camp. Though many around him lose hope in the face of such terror, Daniel, supported by his courageous family, struggles for survival. He finds hope, life and even love in the midst of despair.

Daniel, whose family suffers as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, describes his imprisonment in a concentration camp and his eventual liberation.

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Gr 4-8-- Daniel, 14 in 1941, describes first his family's sense of belonging in Germany and their refusal to flee their country despite the initial instances of anti-Semitism they experience. By the time the family is ready to acknowledge the seriousness of their situation, no country is willing to accept them. They are first deported from Frankfurt to the Lodz ghetto in Poland; from Lodz they are sent to Auschwitz, and finally, Daniel and his father are marched to Buchenwald. They are the only two members of the family who survive, and are liberated by the Americans. Daniel tells his story through the ``pictures'' he has; at first real photographs, and then the images in his head. He is a courageous, sensitive, heroic individual who personalizes the events of the Holocaust. His voice rings true; he is portrayed as an extraordinary youth, but these were times that demanded an exceptional response to increase the likelihood of survival. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590465885
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 61,178
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    This was just a fantastic read all around. Yes, it's another sto

    This was just a fantastic read all around. Yes, it's another story about the holocaust but this one is a little different. It focuses on alot of the happy memories that Daniel has from home. It does talk about life in the camps and the horrors that he went through. This book holds all different emotions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

         Are you interested in reading about The Holocaust? If so, C

         Are you interested in reading about The Holocaust? If so, Carol Matas’s masterpiece Daniel’s Story is the book for you!

         In this book, you will read all about the life of a small boy growing up during Hitler’s Occupation.  It includes information about the conditions of a few different concentration camps and other interesting information pertaining to World War II.  This greatly entertaining book would with no doubt satisfy any young reader interested in the history of the world, and the events that happened along the German Occupation.  In fact, it is so understandably great that I would refer it to readers of any age!

         This great writer of Daniel’s Story carefully used writing strategies to really make the content of the book enjoyable. She made sure that the reader could actually follow, and understand what was actually occurring in the plot.  Also, the information within the book is factual; therefore it could teach the reader a bit of history, while enjoying a great book.  Readers will even identify with the many of children who struggled through this perilous time. At some points in the story, the children are even faced with death and despair.  One fact in the story that can be written as evidence is, “By the time the ghetto was sealed off from the rest of the world, in April 1940, there were 160,500 people there.”

         Daniel’s Story is quite suitable for every young reader wishing to learn about world events.  The author made sure to compose it in such a fashion that has very simplistic vocabulary, and is easy to read.  Children might even be able to make a connection with other children and their many struggles within the story.  An example is a sentence in the book that reads, “The children scream and cry, while the mothers run after them.” This shows how the reader can both understand the sentence clearly, and get the needed information out of it.

         Anyone who enjoys reading about real events, and their effect on the world would fall in love with this enjoyable, yet very factual book.  In addition, the plot is very easy to follow as well as the content, which makes it a perfect story for all young readers. 

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    this is very sensitive story and it is the most amazing story i

    this is very sensitive story and it is the most amazing story i have read in my life

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    I would recommend this book to middle school because it is a gre

    I would recommend this book to middle school because it is a great book to read. It is about how Jews were treated by the germens in world war two. I like this book because it tells you how Jews were treated, killed, and also blamed for Germany’s problems. It tells you how the germens put them in to gas chambers and forced to work in work camps in till they died and were given small rations of food. When they died they were put in to pits of fire and burnt to ash. This book has a lot of historical places in it like Lodz, Auschwitz, Frankfurt, and Benhenwald these are the places Daniel and his family were at during world war two.
    Daniel is a ten year old boy that lives in Frankfurt Germany with his family. His is about eighteen when he and his father are freed by the Americans in nineteen forty-five. When the American troops get to Benhenwald they just walk in with no fight because the Jews have taken the camp and locked up the germens and they were forced to witness for the killing of millions of Jews during the war. This is a great book and I know you will like it to.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Memories

    This book is about a boy remembering the events of the holocaust with the aid of his trusty photographs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Very Good

    It is a very good book if you want to know what happen to the Jews during the Nazis period. My daughter who is a 10year read it and like it and asked if we knew anyone who went through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Amazing to see in real life!!!!

    I went to Washington D.C. on a class trip. One of the things we did was see the exibit Daniel's Story. It was amazinig to see and read some of his story. If you read the book go see the exibit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    this book is an inspiring story that gives you insight on the holocaust- while also letting you meet the character Daniel. Daniel is amazing. he does amazing things to survive. if you don't know what the holocaust is then i would suggest you research it before reading this book, so you'll understand the concepts better. the ending is hopeful...because after the holocaust no survivor could even find true happiness again. Daniel said in the book 'maybe happiness will come later'. but it never really and truly did. also, one reviewer said that it talks too much about one religion (Jewish). however, you have to understand that the whole Holocaust is based on being prejudice to Jews. i just wanted to clear that up. like i said, this book is hopeful. some parts are bittersweet. some good, some bad. the things the Nazi's do are horrific- but they are true. this book is great and i suggest to anyone old enough, and with enough knowledge to know what the holocaust is really about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    Good Book

    I was very young when I read this book...... I was in the 5th grade and then we went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and it was very sad to walk in the museum because the first thing they give you is a passport!! I do recommend this book I still think its a good book to read about what the kids thought and was going through during the holocaust

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    Very good so far.......

    I have always loved reading about the Holocaust,so when I found that my LA teacher has a whole shelf of Holocaust books I was thrilled! I had read alot of the books, so I asked my teacher what I should read and she handed me Daniels story. I am almost done with it and cant wait to find out what happens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    A Great Story

    This book was so toucthing, thinking about the book just reminds me of the reality of the story rather than it just being a Historical Fiction book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    teaches so much more than the Holocaust

    I have used this book to launch my historical fiction genre for years. We read it as a class and when we get through the first section, I launch self-selected Literature Circles with a variety of other Holocaust novels. The kids just can't get enough. When I ask my students to reflect at the end of the school year, Daniel's Story and our Holocaust study is always at the forefront as to what they feel has changed them the most. I have former students return year after year to borrow Holocaust books they didn't 'get to read' when I had them. What greater validation can a teacher ask for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    A truly touching story

    Daniel (our protagonist),who is a jew, along with his family, must face the rising Nazi party. This book accuratley depicts the genocide of millions of jews. A must read for anyone who likes studying the halocaust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    Review you SHOULD READ

    This book is currently assigned to all of the students in my grade to read, chapter by chapter. Something amazing has happened. People who don't read have been reading ahead. More than a 1/3 of the grade is done with the book, and we don¿t have to finish reading it for another two weeks. I was amazed. A book so well written and so outstanding everyone enjoys it. This includes parents, teachers, students, anyone. I haven't met a person who doesn't like the book. During passing periods people start talking about it, and we all discuss what has happened and how we feel. Everyone, all groups. Please, if you're reading this go and get this book. It is worth it. Like someone stated in my Language Arts class, ¿Only a fool wouldn¿t like this book.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Opens your Eyes

    this is the best book in its class for sure. I dont read alot and when i do i always pick a good one and this book was a super read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Summer Reading

    This is a good book but mainly talks about the jews, that I did not like. Liberty Middle suggeted this for 8th grade summer reading. Could be better by selecting a book that not related to any religion..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Great Novel

    This is a great book i would recomend to anyone there are many sad events but a very good ending! IT'S A GREAT BOOK! I'd say it is the BEST book i ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    Heart Warming

    It is just amazing how Carol Matas could write such an extrdinary book. It was so heart warming knowing that someone could live through all of that harassment and still live and get married.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    Recommended

    This is a book about Daniel a 12 (in the end he is 18) year old boy who leads a perfectly normal life until his world is turned up side down by the nazis. I had to read this book for my English class I thought it was a well told story of the Holocaust. It showed a normal boy who falls in love and at the same time experiences horor that I can't even begin to imagine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    Got everything a great book needs

    this book reall was cool. it got everything you would want in a book.

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