Ten-year-old Sarah and her family must leave their home and live in a Jewish ghetto surrounded by barbed wire. There, life is a nightmare of cold and hunger where Nazi soldiers kill Jews at will. But Sarah still hears stories that give her hopestories about a man who lives in the nearby forest, fighting the Nazis and sheltering the Jews.
Sarah's brother thinks they should try to escape to the forest. Her parents think they will be safer where they are. Sarah doesn't know who is right. But as life in the ghetto grows worse and worse, the forest may be their only hope.
Based on a true story of life during the Holocaust, this is a heartrending novel of one family's struggle to survive.
About the Author
Ruth Yaffe Radin is the author of nine other books for children. They include A Winter Place, a Reading Rainbow book and an ALA Notable Picture Book; and the novel All Joseph Wanted, which was selected for the Bank Street College of Education's Recommended List. The author lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. When she isn't writing books, she is composing music.
Janet Hamlin has illustrated The Zoo Garden by Chris Hastings. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.