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Children's LiteratureThe author states in his introduction that "certain death escapes reveal the emotional and physical strength of our fellow human beings and are at once dramatic, compelling and inspirational." Readers will gain a more complete understanding of these words upon finishing this part history book, part world religions text. Five chapters chronicle the escapes of individuals and groups, who are people of different faiths and from different times, from places ranging from America to Tibet to the Soviet Union to Srebrenica. The book begins with an introduction pertaining to religion and intolerance. The five chapters that follow are comprehensive and thorough, outlining the history leading up to the religious intolerance, the persecution itself and just the facts, set forth in an interesting and well-worded text. Particularly well written is the chapter concerning the 1995 Bosnian atrocities. The author has written numerous books for children and young adults and is the creator of Lucent's "Great Escapes" series, which also includes the titles Escapes from Natural Disasters, Escapes from Nazi Persecution and Escapes from Slavery. Highly recommended. 2004, Lucent Books/Thomson Gale, Ages 12 up.
—Cindy L. Carolan