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The Island on Bird Street

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During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

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Overview

During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

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"More than just a valuable addition to Holocaust literature . . . it should garner a wide audience, which is exactly what its spirited portrait of hope and dauntless courage deserves." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395616239
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 249,189
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Uri Orlev was born in Warsaw in 1931. He spent the years 1939–41 in hiding in the Warsaw ghetto with his mother and younger brother. When his mother was killed by the Nazis, he and his brother were sent to Bergen-Belsen. After the war, Orlev went to Israel. He now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their three children.
In 1996, Uri Orlev received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition given to an author of children’s books, for his lasting contribution to children’s literature.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    I believe the book was amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    An eighth grader, from Lake Forest

    I thought this book was wonderful. Absolutely outstanding, it is one of the best reads i've had for a long time. I love the suspense put into the book to make the reader want to keep reading. Definately recommended for students who are studying about WWII. (World War two) It helps you picture what it would be like to be a jew in poland,during WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    8th grade student from oswego llinois, Josh s.

    i liked the book very much. much detail and good pacing. suspensful but driftfull at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    Great Holocaust Reading

    ALEX A JEW DURING W.W.II HAS GONE INTO HIDING IN A RUINED HOUSE WHERE CHILDREN USED TO PLAY 'SECRET' WAR GAMES NUMBER 78. HIS FATHER HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A WORK CAMP AND HIS MOTHER HAS MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED. HE MUST LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE ON HIS OWN WITH SNOW HIS LOYAL MOUSE AS HIS ONLY COMPANION. HE ONLY VIEWS HIS SURRONDINGS THROUGH AN AIR BENT WITH OPERA GLASSES. HE SURVIVES STEALING FOOD FROM UNOCCUPIED HOUSES. GOING THROUGH THE SECRET PASSAGES ALEX MUST LEARN TO BE QUICK AND CAREFUL BECAUSE AT ANY TIME AN OFFICER CAN CATCH HIM. ALEX CLINGS TO THE PROMISE HIS FATHER LEFT HIM TO MEET HIM IN NUMBER 78 AFTER THE WAR. THANKFULLY HIS FATHER LEFT HIM HIS PISTOL FOR SECURITY AND PROTECTION-HE WILL NEED IT.

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    Posted April 26, 2009

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