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"Maybe for us it's over. But not for the children. For them it will never be over."One summer after the Second World War, Etienne visits his beloved grand-father near the French town of Mont Brulant. A two-month vacation stretches before Etienne -- with hay to be turned, pears to be harvested, and old books to help repair. Best of all are the fields and woods around Mont B ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 18th 1994 by HarperCollins
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Julie Suzanne
Apr 20, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who want to know, UUs, parents to read with middle schoolers
This young adult ghost story is highly disturbing and sparsely embellished with terrifying pictures. Inspires readers to consider right/wrong and what could have been done differently in the Holocaust. A story about Holocaust remembrance, guilt, and fear.
Alex Baugh
Ever since the end of World War II, 11 year old Etienne has spent his summers on his grandfather’s farm in Mont Brulant, France. Etienne can’t wait to get there this summer, dreaming of all the things he loves on the train trip, but when his grandfather, Monsieur Hoirie, picks him up at the train station, things feel different somehow. The usual summer magic and beauty are gone.

Riding in his grandfather’s horse-drawn wagon out to the farm, they pass a group of raggedy children. Probably refugees
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Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 86pgs


Post WWII France. 11 year old Etienne can't wait to visit his grandfather and spend the summer on his farm. When he gets there, Etienne keeps seeing children begging for food, but the other adults claim they can't see them. In the woods, Etienne meets Isaac and discovers that even more children are hiding in the woods waiting for it to be safe for them to go home. None of the adults want to answer Etienne's questions about the children, but Etienne persists. Finally he learns that du
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Janie Hepler
It was quite confusing at first. I couldn't tell what time period it was from, even though it's a holocaust book. The mystery was intriguing, however, and some of the illustrations were really disturbing, but in a good way.
Rachel (Sfogs)
A very sad story. A reminder to never forget the innocent people and children, who were slaughtered, in WWII just because they were Jewish. (and anything else the Nazis thought were impure)
Emily Enghauser
This book was okay. I picked it up just for a quick read. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I wish it had been longer, because it probably would have been way better than it was.
Anna
So touching!I read it as a kid and it made me reconsider all the things i took for granted.I devoured it in only a day.A book that all children should read.
Rhonda
It had a message to it but not much of a story.
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