Ordinary citizens risk everything to save a young Jewish girl in wartime Holland. This suspenseful novel vividly portrays the fear, uncertainty, and terror of the Nazi occupation in Holland. It is a story that reflects both the worst and best of humankind. A worthy addition to children’s books about the Holocaust, The End of the Line will leave young readers to ponder how the most dreadful conditions can lead ordinary citizens to perform the most heroic acts. People like Lars, Hans, and Mrs. Vos, who risked their own lives to save Jews in wartime Europe, were later recognized and honored as “Righteous Gentiles.”
|Publisher:||Annick Press, Limited|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.31(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Sharon E. McKay is the award-winning author of many books based on real events, including War Brothers: The Graphic Novel and Thunder Over Kandahar. She was also named a Canadian War Artist and spent time in Afghanistan embedded with the Canadian troops. She lives in Prince Edward Island.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The End of the Line by Sharon McKay Wow, a mesmerizing story that will make you cry, and find joy in the help and gifts of strangers. A little girl is abandoned on the tram in Holland. The Nazis have taken her mother off the tram, because she is a Jew, it is one year after the Nazis have invaded Amsterdam. They have change the city beyond recognition, but two elderly brothers could never expect the devastation and horrific nature of the Nazis reality. They are faced with a choice, allow a child to be taken by the military or defy the edicts and protect the child. They sacrifice so much for the love of another. They are rewarded beyond life’s expectation. I will be recommending this book to the local schools I work at, a great story for young readers to understand the devastation of World War II. This book can show children and adults the devastation of the War, and the hardships of the normal citizens living through a horrific time.
As soon as I read the write-up of this story, I knew I wanted to read it. When reading about stories of people that helped the Jews during the war, you don't often hear about what happened in Holland. At least I've never read anything. This was a fairly short story, it took me about an hour to read but the story was very well written and definitely gave me an idea of what the people of Holland had to go through to survive the war. I will say that there was a surprise at the end of the story that had me in tears. This is definitely a story I would recommend to my students. It tells the horrific story of what happened to people of the Jewish faith, but in a way that a child would understand it. If you cover WWII in your classroom, this is definitely a story for lesson plans!