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Is It Night or Day?
by Fern Schumer Chapman


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It's 1938, and twelve-year-old Edith is about to move from the tiny German village she's lived in all her life to a place that seems as foreign as the moon: Chicago, Illinois. And she will be doing it alone. This dramatic and chilling novel about one girl's escape from Hitler's Germany was inspired by the experiences of the author's mother, one of twelve hundred children rescued by Americans as part of the One Thousand Children project.  Read more...


 
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Overview

It's 1938, and twelve-year-old Edith is about to move from the tiny German village she's lived in all her life to a place that seems as foreign as the moon: Chicago, Illinois. And she will be doing it alone. This dramatic and chilling novel about one girl's escape from Hitler's Germany was inspired by the experiences of the author's mother, one of twelve hundred children rescued by Americans as part of the One Thousand Children project.

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"Is It Night or Day?" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780374177447
  • ISBN-10: 0374177449
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 205
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - Holocaust
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emigration & Immigration
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 68.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Chapman, who wrote about her family's Holocaust ordeal in the adult book Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust, assumes the voice of her mother, Edith, who at age 12 is sent by her Jewish parents from increasingly anti-Semitic Germany to live in America with relatives. Edith's plaintive narration describes her father's mounting fear of the Nazis (“suddenly, we were filth, Jews polluting the village,”) and her mother's increasing detachment. The story of Edith's ocean voyage to America provides some light moments; without her parents around, Edith's fears and anxiety are always evident, but her interactions with other young Jewish emigrants are touchingly childlike, such as when they play hide-and-seek onboard. In Chicago, Edith is met by a disdainful aunt who treats her like a servant and classmates who keep their distance. Though her story reads more like a memoir than a novel, Chapman captures a plucky determination in Edith that readers will find endearing. There is no Cinderella ending for Edith, but the hope she finds in Jewish ballplayer Hank Greenberg and the honesty in her story make this historical fiction well worth reading. Ages 10–up. (Mar.)

 
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