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Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein (Dear Canada)

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This dramatic story tells of 11-year-old Devorah's efforts to help her cousin and pen pal Sarah emigrate from Paris before the Nazis deport the Jews to internment camps. Devorah learns that 5,000 Jewish children in France have visas to leave the country, but the Canadian government will not let them in, leading Devorah to desperately lobby the government to change its poli ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published August 17th 2005 by Scholastic Canada
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Nicola Mansfield
May 19, 2015 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
It's 1941 Manitoba and the war is only just getting underway. This is a story of the war through the eyes of a Jewish girl on the home front. It touches slightly upon several major concerns: the Winnipeg Grenadiers, Canadian pows in Hong Kong, Canadians fighting in the RAF over Europe, Japanese internment camps in BC and many other topics are touched upon. However the main subject in "Turned Away" is a very shameful episode in Canadian history which is barely known about these modern days. Mysel ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Inga rated it liked it
Shelves: term-3-reading
This is the last book that I thought I would be pulling off the library shelf, but I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed it.
"Turned Away" is one of the books in the famous "Dear Canada" series. I have read one other "Dear Canada" book, but I didn't like it, because I was to young to understand the importance of history and events from the past in the story.
This book shows how the jews were treated in World War II, by having a girl make regular diary entries while the war was going on. It taugh
Mar 08, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2014 Thibicka.thevan is currently reading it
I'm reading this book at school for reading/thinking circles,and I really enjoy this book,it really grabs my attention about the world war 2 which is the war that this story kind of explains the story about
Nov 09, 2010 Kohavit rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Short
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer Short rated it really liked it
I'm not much of a fiction fan. However Scholastic's "Dear. . . " series are always books I can't put down. "Turned Away" was no exception. Because this was from the "Dear Canada" series, I learned things about WWII I never heard as an American. I didn't know Canadian troops were stationed in Hong Kong and the statistics about them through the book were very interesting. Also, I had never heard of "If Day" where they participated in one day that might be what life would be like if the Nazis were ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Georgia rated it it was amazing
Eleven year old Jewish girl Devorah Bernstein has her two older brothers fighting in World War Two, plus her cousin Sarah in France to worry about. Before her brothers left she worried about nothing, but now she is. Her friend Elizabeth is always so happy all the time, while her friend from her old school, Marcie shares her endless worries with Devorah, about her own brother who is working with the medical corps, and the plight of Jews in Europe. In spite of this, Devorah is trying all she can t ...more
Bev Walkling
I always enjoy the books from the Dear Canada series and this one was no exception. It is written from the perspective of 11 year old Devorah Bernstein who lives in Winnipeg Manitoba. She has two brothers fighting overseas - one as a pilot and one in Hong Kong. Many Canadians are not familiar with the story of the men who served in Hong Kong and the deprivations they faced during captivity as POW's so it was interesting to read ar least a little on this subject and know it will help more childre ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Twyla rated it it was amazing
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Jul 13, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: edes-546, bravery, mature
Matas, Carol. (2005). Turned away: The World War II diary of Devorah Bernstein. Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Written in a diary format, Devorah, a Canadian, records her significant moments and perceptions of World War II . Her two brothers have signed up to fight in the war and her cousin lives in France and is facing first-hand the horrors of war. Devorah shares her understanding or lack of understanding of the conflict in a preteen style.

This book is full of factual information with maps
Feb 15, 2013 Carson rated it really liked it
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Picture this,your in winnipeg across the Atlantic ocean from your cousin in France.With the Nazis outside the door. This story is about a girl in Winnipeg she finds out that 5,000 jews have visas to come to Canada but is turned away by the Canadian goverment.One night in France they hear three loud knocks on the door read the book to find out what happens.I enjoyed the book i would like to now a bit more about what happend to (sarah) her cousin.This book is great if you l
Jul 03, 2012 Jaren rated it it was amazing

By far the best Dear Canada book in the series. I really helped me understand the Holocaust and the effect it had not inly on the population of Europe but also on the North American population. I was very realistic and helped me get a perspective on how people had to deal with the cruelties of WWll and how we can find ourselves in the darkest of times.
Nov 19, 2012 Shanelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes reading about Canada's history
Turned Away is another book from the Dear Canada series which focuses on World War II and the treatment of the Jewish people around the world. This story follows the life of a young girl, Devorah Bernstein, and how she deals with the war and ways to help her cousin, Sarah, who's living with her family in Paris at the time.
Nov 20, 2011 Nicole23 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november
I really enjoyed this book, it was about a girl who lived in Winnipeg during World War 2. The book was the diary of Devorah and it was very interesting, she talked about how her brother was in Hong Kong fighting. And about her life, and everything that was happeing in it!
Jan 09, 2014 Kristina rated it liked it
Very dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking. This is what happens when a story is told in first person point of view. A person can truly understand what the main character is going through. The story is told through a diary format to make it more personal.
Aug 16, 2013 Sam rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history, teen
I read this as a MYRCA book. Not one of my favourites from the list but Carol Matas is a terrific author and it's always interesting to hear a different perspective on the Holocaust. Guarantee that anything by Carol Matas will be worth the read.
Nov 26, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
I've read this before and I liked it then and I liked it now. It was very well written and introduces those of younger generations to the Holocaust without traumatizing them but highlights the dangers of war and prejudice.
Jenna Leigh
Jun 04, 2013 Jenna Leigh rated it liked it
This was a compelling book about what it was like to be Jewish in Canada during WWII. I always enjoy books that bring a new perspective to people's experiences during the war, so this was very interesting!
Apr 16, 2014 Judi rated it it was amazing
I really like this book I learned more about Canada's role in the First World War. The story give you more of an idea how it was like living as a Jewish person in Germany and also in Canada .
Sep 09, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
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Coming from a largely Jewish background, I felt like I didn't agree with a couple word choices or spellings. I am usually weary on reading about this topic but it went okay.
Nov 07, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
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WWII is one of my favourite periods to read about and this book is just as good as all the others I've read.
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Sep 13, 2011 Giordana rated it really liked it
nice!!! I couldn't put the book down!
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