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Sara was only eleven when the Nazis invaded Poland. For the next six years, she fought to survive in the ghetto, at Auschwitz, and as a prisoner in a slave labor camp. Her true story of courage and hope in the face of horror is ultimately one of personal triumph.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Signet
(first published 1981)
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I'm not a reader, but I finished this book in under a week. My late boyfriend had this book. I passed it on to a coworker who read it in a couple of days, passed it on to my mom who passed it onto my aunt, then her daughter than later a friend and we never saw it again :( this is history that should stay in our minds and hearts, great book, but sad. I managed to find a hard copy online from amazon. Haven't read it again but it is the first on my list !!!!
Stolen Years was published in 1981. The classic, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. was published in 1947. I wish I had read Anne Frank more recently and could compare and contrast the two. Stolen Years is an excellent example of adult-nonfiction describing a young Jewish girl's experiences during World War II. It is a worthwhile read of a horrific period in history that remains with the reader long after closing its pages.
I first read this book in high school after discovering it in our school library. It had such a profound effect on me that I have reread it many times since. It is a gripping story of survival and loss from one young girl's life during the Holocaust. The book is so detailed, and so well written that you will feel as if you are being dragged, right along with Sara, into hell and back again.
I read this in sixth grade and had a similar experience to another reviewer - I was horrified by the Holocaust and needed to read more, which of course I did. This is still the most powerful of all the Holocaust books that I've read.