The Boy on the Wooden Box
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Boy on the Wooden Box

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  3,357 ratings  ·  634 reviews
Even in the darkest of times—especially in the darkest of times—there is room for strength and bravery. A remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list.Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incr...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Boy on the Wooden Box, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Boy on the Wooden Box

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Betsy
One Sentence Review: Absolutely beautiful and in a perfect world would replace The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as the customary middle grade WWII Holocaust title.
Kelly
First let me apologize. I'm not very good at reviewing. I can't make it all fancy and professional sounding. I can only write what I thought. And what I thought was this:
This was an inspiring and amazing tale of a young boy, caught up in the Holocaust, who not only survived by the grace of God, but went on to make a wonderful life for himself. He suffered horrendous pain during that time, but he didn't let his past define him. He chose to use his past to make him stronger.
I should know better t...more
Diane Mueller
Amazing! Leon Leyson was the youngest survivor on Schnidler's list. His parents and 3 of his 5 siblings survived Nazi Germany because of Schnidler's. Leon tells his story of survival and how without Schnidler they would not of survived. The paragraph in the book when Leon explains how he can't understand how the Nazi's hated the Jews so sadly reminds me of the way people talk about the Mexicans, the Blacks, and many others in our country today.
"We were a single detested group...the exact opposi...more
Barb Middleton
Finding excellent introductory books on the Holocaust for young readers is not as easy as it sounds even with the plethora of choices. More often than not they are too brutal for 5th or 6th graders or they don't give enough background to understand the setting and attitudes of people. Other times they are too one-sided presenting the Germans as one-dimensional villains omitting those that resisted the Nazi racist ideology. This story is a balanced account of Jewish attitudes that came from their...more
Offuscatio
Está más que justificado lo que ha llevado un señor de 80 años a contar su historia desde la perspectiva del niño que presenció los horrores del Holocausto, pero a mí, en particular, no me convenció (desde un punto de vista literario). Todo termina resumiéndose a un libro ágil y de fácil lectura.
Miriam
Leyson was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.

The contrasts between his happy childhood in the loving embrace of his parents and siblings and their increasing desperation to survive the tightening snare of Nazi persecution are conveyed with simplicity and directness. His descriptions of life in the ghetto and camps are like many we've read before, but what he tells of the conditions in Schindler's factory, the small but...more
Shannon
Simply put, this book was wonderful. A biography for children written by a man who experienced WW2 as a persecuted Jewish child. For the most part, it's what you would generally expect from such a book, telling of horrific days, weeks, years in ghettos and camps but what makes it a good one for children/early teens is that it carries a message of hope and humanity too. Instead of a story where the author is the only surviving person that they knew from that time, this is a story of survival. All...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
El chico sobre la caja de madera de Leon Leyson es una novela de no ficción, narrada en primera persona, acerca de las penurias que el protagonista (Leon) y su familia sufrieron en los campos de concentración nazis.
La historia comienza con la narración, por parte de Leon, de su vida antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y del infierno que luego viviría cuando el antisemitismo (hostilidad hacia los judíos basada en prejuicios religiosos, raciales, culturales y étnicos) se hiciera más descarado y cr...more
Leonel
El chico sobre la caja de madera son las memorias de Leon Leyson, el sobreviviente más joven de la lista de Schindler.
La verdad que tenía muchas ganas de leer este libro dada las buenas críticas que tiene. Aparte, me llamaba mucho la atención saber cómo vivió un chico la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

El libro es corto y se lee muy rápido. Una lectura fácil, atrapante y profunda. La historia está relatada de tal manera que la puede leer un chico, un joven o un adulto sin problema alguno. ¿Es fuerte? Sí...more
Cori
I found this title on a list of best books from 2013 for ages 9-12. It's amazing to me that Leon's story has only just been published. What an amazing account...I enjoyed the unique perspective of a Jew on Schindler's list. No frills, no fluff, just a straightforward account of all he and his family endured. Couldn't put it down. It didn't read like juvenile fiction to me, either...many ages could read it. I look forward to reading this one with my kids as a way of discussing the Holocaust at so...more
Eric
An extraordinary story (Leon Leyson) within an extraordinary story (Schindler's List) with an extraordinary story (the Holocaust). It was also special as I had heard Leon Leyson speak at UCSD a few years back. His presentation, of course, could not have covered all of the details of his story so reading his story now was extra special.
Deena
I always feel presumptuous rating Holocaust memoirs, but I have no hesitation in giving this one 5 stars. This is a truly masterfully written book: it is age-appropriate in language and story presentation, while at the same time not softening the details of that story to make it more palatable for young audiences. Mr. Leyson also doesn't white-wash his hero, Oskar Schindler; although he survived the war and avoided extended periods in "traditional" concentration camps, he and the other Schindler...more
Meli


Junto a la editorial estamos regalando cuatro ejemplares de este libro en mi blog. ¡PUEDEN PARTCIPAR POR ACÁ! :D

Sin palabras. Increíble.
Thomas Holbrook
Children’s/Young Adult literature is a powerful genre in today’s literary world. From the first sighting of the dust cover of this book to the final “resource” page, this book was a delight to read; a place of celebration for life and living, a reminder of the pain humans inflict upon each other with seeming unfeeling regularity and a call to attention of how easily such pain can be revisited in a cultured, civilized society. I will donate this book to my favorite library in hopes that it will...more
Carol Royce Owen
I am groggy this morning because of The Boy on the Wooden Box. It is his fault, Leon Leyson, aka Leib Lejzon, because he kept me up reading his incredible memoir of survival in a time when it seemed the entire world was against him. Leib was one of the youngest of Oskar Schindler's "children," a Schindlerjuden or Schindler Jew. As a young child in Narewka, Poland, carefree Leib, the youngest of five children, had no idea of the life ahead of him. He was proud of his heritage, and proud of his pa...more
Jan
I listened to the audio version of this heartbreaking Holocaust memoir, which was wonderfully narrated by Danny Burstein. Leyson was one of the Jews on Schindler's list and worked in one of Schindler's factories during the Holocaust. Although Leyson's family was poor, his father was a skilled factory worker and the family made do with what they had. Above all, they were together. After the family moved to Krakow, Leon went to school, engaged in boyish pranks with Gentile friends and seemed integ...more
Alyson Farmer
Mar 23, 2014 Alyson Farmer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alyson by: Mark Erickson
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was recommended to me for Cayden to read, but I ended up reading it instead. I had it for a little while before getting to it. I find I have to be in the right mood to read a book about the Holocaust.

This book is a very quick read. Once I started I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed it from the first page to the last, including pictures, the afterward and even the acknowledgments. The story isn't unfamiliar. Any book about the Holocaust is shocking. What made this book unique was h...more
Amy Hustead
I loved this book! It's a straightforward memoir, perfectly suited for YA readers. I was impressed with the brilliant descriptions of such horrific events. Truly a moving piece of work and a must read for those interested in the holocaust.
Debbie
Brilliantly written -- devastating, but remarkably understated in places. This is a wonderful addition to the legacy of Oskar Schindler.
Becky B
Leon Leyson, born Leib Lejzon, was 8 years old in 1938 when his family moved from a small village in Poland to Krakow where his father was a machinist in a factory. Life should have been grand and exciting in the amazing new city, and it was for a little while. But soon the Nazi's were closing in on Poland, and Leon's Jewish family was forced to move into the ghetto. The Leyson's could have very well faded into history as one of thousands who disappeared in the Holocaust, but for one man. Leon's...more
Joanna Thompson
1) “Twin Text” – I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944, Lauren Tarshis, 2014

2) Rationale: I selected this twin text because it provides students with background information about the Holocaust and what life was like for Jewish people during this time. Max escapes a ghetto and encounters a group of Resistance fighters in Poland. His mother has passed away and his father was taken away in the middle of the night, just like Leon’s father in The Boy on the Wooden Box. Both stories show how horrific thi...more
Annie
An incredible memoir from Leon Leyson, the youngest boy to live through the Holocaust on Schindler's List. Leon (or Lieb as he was called as a child), grew up running around the idyllic pastureland of Poland in a large family with proud parents. The Nazi invasion brings a series of harrowing travels for the family into the Jewish ghetto in Krakow and separated into concentration camps. Krakow is where Leon's father first meets and begins working for Oskar Schindler, the famous Nazi who employed...more
Gardavson
My thoughts are struggling to line up in coherent forms. The book was amazing. I've read a couple of Holocaust books, this one is easily the best. I picked it up at a scholastic book fair, mainly because the story was of one of "Schindler's Jews". The movie moved me tremendously, and I was interested in hearing the story from one of those on his list.

First let me say that I don't believe this is a children's book. While yes, a middle schooler could read it, it is also very much for the adult re...more
Angie
I couldn't put this book down; I didn't want to put it down. Leon Leyson captured my attention and held it throughout his entire story. We learn a lot about the Holocaust and what happened during those years, but I haven't ever really read an autobiography about it. Leon Leyson was just a young boy when Germany invaded Poland. He and his family lived in Krakow and quickly began to feel the effects of the Nazi machine. Because his father had a job, most of his family was protected, but they were...more
Alex Baugh
As a young boy growing up, Leib Lejzon was not so very different than other boys his age - he was energetic, mischievous, fun-loving and close to his family. When he was 8, his father moved the family from Narewka, Poland to Krakow, away from extended family, but into better circumstances. And Leib loved living in Krakow, paling about with his new friends and being as fun-loving and mischievous as ever.

But then the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 and life changed for Leib and his famil...more
Nicole
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson
Atheneum, 2013
Memoir
232 pages
Recommended for grades 5+

Leon Leyson recounts the six year period in which he and his family struggled to survive each and every day under Nazi oppression. Leyson pays tribute to the risks taken by Oskar Schindler, knowing that without his name on the infamous Schindler's list, Leyson and his family would not have survived.
Unlike many Holocaust stories written for children/adoles...more
Penny Peck
Holocaust survivor Leyson describes his youth, from a carefree child to the frightening time in a Krakow ghetto, then concentration camp, then in Schindler's factory where he is able to survive the Holocaust. Because he was one of Schindler's youngest employees, he tells the story from the perspective of a young teenager, which readers will relate to. Also, he tells the story without being melodramatic, and in a plain-spoken way, which also makes this very accessible for tweens. Leyson later bec...more
Sue
This is an engaging and simply told tale of Leon's years as a child of the Holocaust. One of the lucky 1200 Jews on Oskar Schindler's legendary list, Leon's life was one of hardship, loss and terrible personal suffering. To not only have survived, but gone on to emigrate to the US and build a new life, is amazing and inspiring.
It is clear right from the outset that Leon wants to share his story so the sins of the past will not be repeated. It is interesting to read his reaction when he boards a...more
Dentro de un  Libro
El chico sobre la caja de madera nos cuenta en primera persona las memorias de Leon Leyson, el más joven de los sobrevivientes del Holocausto en la lista de Oskar Schindler. Leon era el menor de los cinco hijos de Moshe y Chanah. En 1939 cuando los horrores del nazismo invadieron Polonia, con tan solo 10 años Leon, junto a sus cuatro hermanos mayores: Hershel, Tsaling, Pesza y David y sus padres vivía en Cracovia. Con suerte, perseverancia, esperanza y la ayuda de Schindler, Leon, sus padres y d...more
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Como ya les había contado antes, soy una nerd total que se emociona por la historia. Soy amante del recorrido humano por la tierra. Y una de las etapas que más llama mi atención, es todo lo relacionado a la segunda guerra mundial y a la Alemania Nazi.


Cuando el director general de V&R comenzó a platicarnos de este libro, juro por mi alma que me emocione totalmente y sabía ya de entrada que iba a disfrutar de este libro. Lo que no me esperaba para nada, era que iba a terminar el libro en una s...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2014 Hub Reading ...: The Boy on the Wooden Box 3 25 Jun 07, 2014 03:12PM  
  • Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
  • Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II
  • "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers
  • Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives
  • The Great American Dust Bowl
  • The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico
  • Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
  • His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg
  • The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
  • The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--Animals on Earth
  • Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
  • Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust
  • The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America's Largest Mammal
  • The War within These Walls

Share This Book