Historical, Young Adult

The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax

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Originally published in Dutch, this story was a 2014 Mildred Batchelder Award Honor Book. This story tells the horrific conditions and experiences of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. This book is illustrated (simply, but powerful in emotion) and is written with minimal text and the combination of the two conveys the horrors of World War II. But it is the Jewish resistance, featured in this story, which sets it apart from other historical fiction in this same era. The heroic effort of the resistance should not be overlooked and this story shares the strength of the human spirit when forced to face evil.

~Lisa

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