by Ann Clare LeZotte

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It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family’s door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547348520
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 54 KB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ann Clare LeZotte is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and she has had her poems published in the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, and the Threepenny Review. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. She is completely deaf.

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Hear the Voice of the Poet

Hear the voice of the poet!

I see the past, future, and present.

I am Deaf, but I have heard

The beauty of song

And I wish to share it with

Young readers.

A poem can be simple,

About a cat or a red


Or it can illuminate the lives

Of people who lived, loved,

And died. You can make

People think or feel

For other people, if you

Write poetry. In T4, the facts

About history are true, and

My characters tell the story.


I was born

In a little house

On a street

With tall poplar trees.

I could see

Bluish hills

In the distance.

That was my home.

But my country,


Was not my home.

Our leader,

Adolf Hitler,

And the Nazi Party


People like me.

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