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Daniel's Story

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,280 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930's. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own property, or even work, Daniel's family is forced from ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Jennifer
Jan 17, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a fictional, teenage, Jewish character, Daniel, as he is living during the Holocaust. Although Daniel has been created by the author, the situations, settings, nightmares and facts of life during the Holocaust are real. As a teacher, I highly recommend this book for teaching students about WWII, the Holocaust, hate and prejudice. My students were shocked and in disbelief to learn about the horrors Jews were forced into during this time period. A great DVD to supplement the ...more
Amanda
Feb 11, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Amanda by: Amber
I loved this book the first time I read it. Then I read it again when I was older and got a whole new look at it. The book realy makes you think about what happened back then.
Grayson
May 08, 2012 Grayson rated it it was amazing
"Daniel's Story" by Carol Matas is historical fiction but so realistic that the U.S. Holocaust Museum has a whole floor with an exhibit called Daniel's Story which follows the exact story from the book. My grandmother bought me the book while we were on a trip and saw the museum.

The books follows the story of Daniel who is Jewish and lives in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1930's. As Daniel tells his own story, you experience just a little bit of what it was like for Jewish kids who lived in Germany
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Jose
Jan 15, 2008 Jose rated it it was amazing
This book is my all time favorite. Its a great book, for children all alike. This book will give children the basic overview of life for a jewish boy in Nazi germany before, during, and after the war. I recommend this book for all those who attend the grades 4-6. A great read for the adults as well.
Art
Aug 27, 2008 Art rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: holocaust
I enjoyed Daniel's Story in that it followed many of the other books that I had read about the Holocaust.
Books, "Night", "The Devil's Arithmetic" and the "Warsaw Ghetto", just to mention a few.
Matas did a good job collecting and researching the stories to put together for Daniel"s Story.
Sydney
Oct 14, 2014 Sydney rated it liked it
This book was well written, buy personally some parts were a little too graphic. Really puts into perspective of how terrible the Holocaust was.
Kasha
Sep 13, 2010 Kasha rated it really liked it
I just finished this book this morning. I had a thought the other week that I should try to read my kids something about the holocaust. I remember that my first exposure to that time period happened in Middle school in the classroom. I would rather have some conversations about that with my children at home so that when they learn about that part of history they will not be....surprised. I'm not sure exactly why. I also feel like learning of that time period can spark many good conversations wit ...more
Nicole
Jun 16, 2011 Nicole added it
This book is just as good now as it was back in grade 5. The only difference is now I have a full grasp on what was actually going on. Back then I viewed it as a very scary book, and that was all. The fact that this book is fiction really makes no difference to me, it only really means that their was thousands of actual children who could have experienced what Carol Matas made up. This story is not as gruesome as other Holocaust books I have read but that does not mean it is any less disturbing. ...more
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I know this is kinda an awkward way to start this review, but I am review#101 on this book and I've noticed that the summary of this book doesn't explain too much. So, I'm going to substitute that explanation of that book with my explanation of this book transformed into a review:

Daniel is an ordinary boy living in Germany with his' parents and sister. His' life seems normal until Hitler takes over the country. His use-to-be-best-friend from his' public school begins to reject him and the friend
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Dacia
Apr 29, 2008 Dacia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Holocaust, Middle School Students
This is an amazing book that follows a boy, Daniel, and his family through their suffering from the time the Nazi's took power in Germany. What I really like about this book is that, even though it is fiction, it is about a boy actually FROM Germany. So many of the other stories are about jews in Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, or other surrounding countries. In those cases, the Nazi invasion is often something that seemingly happens "over night". I like the fact that this story looks at the " ...more
Nick
Feb 29, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-trimester
This story is about a fourteen year old boy named Daniel. He is riding on a train and looking at pictures in his photo album. Those are pictures of his childhood. He and his family were living a happy life as a Jewish family until the day that Jews were not allowed to do things a normal person could do. His family then lived in a part of a city that is for the Jews. Daniel and his family are loaded onto the train bound for the Lodz ghetto after they were told to pack up stuff and leave.
Daniel an
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Daniel
Apr 28, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Daniel’s Story

Daniel’s Story is an amazing Holocaust Historical fiction that SPOILER ALERT: has a lot of deaths. The main character, Daniel, is a 15 year old Jewish boy that is sent through a series of German Concentration Camps, in which he shows down Death, Torture, Hunger, and Illness straight in the FACE. He also proves that in tough times, joy and love can be found, and this he finds in a Jewish girl (his age) named Rosa. The young teenager battles the evils of the Holocaust, but you will h
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Lane Ricketts
Apr 28, 2015 Lane Ricketts rated it really liked it
***Spoiler alert*** The book Daniel’s Story, is a fictional book. The main character is a Jewish boy named Daniel. He had a peaceful life, until Hitler came to power. He and his family were split apart and sent to a concentration camp. Even though his father was with him, he was still scared out of his wits. Near the end of the book his mother, father, and sister die. He thought he would be an orphan for the rest of his life. Soon he finds out some of his cousins made it out alive.
This is a gr
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Alex Mcgonagle
Oct 16, 2014 Alex Mcgonagle rated it really liked it
Book review: Daniel's Story
Daniel's Story by Carol Matas is about when the Nazi's took the Jewish kids and adults to consintration camps. The main characters are Daniel, Erika, Mother and Father. The story is about how Daniel's life was like in the concentration camps and how hard it was to live when they where getting moved in and out of camps all the time, and hearing about how the SS soldiers killed the other Jewish people.

The following is an example of the horrible living that the SS soldie
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Jenny
Feb 09, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
As usual, one of my favorite librarians feeds my addiction to WWII novels. While it's a fictionalized YA book of a young boy's experiences in the Holocaust, it is a powerful story that will bring tears to your eyes and bewilderment (as always when I read these kinds of books) of why this terrible genocide was actually allowed to happen. While very sad, I'm glad to read these types of books to keep the memories alive of those who perished during the war.
Zharit B.
Apr 21, 2014 Zharit B. rated it really liked it
Daniel’s Story
By Carol Matas
Zharit Brand
This is a very sad book. It is based in the many stories that people went through in the holocaust. I have had a lot of background knowledge in the holocaust, and every time I read or see in a movie I get really sad. My critique for this book would be a positive one though it is a very sad book. I feel really bad for the people that had to go through one of the deadliest periods of time. I would do a world-to-text connection because daniel’s stories jus
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Stephanie
Jun 03, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
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Adi
May 14, 2016 Adi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2016
Perfectly constucted and well thoughtout.
Amanda R
Apr 27, 2008 Amanda R rated it really liked it
Really moving story of a Jewish family in Germany during the Holocaust. Even though it was a JF story, it didn't feel sugar-coated. There were some very painful things to read. And the hardest thing was knowing what would come, and yet having the characters in the beginning still believing things would smooth out - they couldn't see it when the signs were all around them.

Kayla
Jun 30, 2008 Kayla rated it it was amazing
This book is really actually quite good. Its told through the eyes of a teenboy named Daniel who is one of the suvivors of the Hollocoaust. (its fiction) this book really is very sad, i cried in lots of parts. it was one that we had to read for school. But if you dont mind reading this kind of stuff i strongly suggest it, because it really is very good.
Amber
Feb 08, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult

The first time I read this book I was in Middle School and read for a book report. This book is my all time favorite. Its a great book, for children all alike. This book will give children the basic overview of life for a jewish boy in Nazi germany before, during, and after the war. It's a great read for adults too.
Josiah
Mar 16, 2009 Josiah rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I first read it as part of a class project in sixth grade, and I still love it. In my thinking, this is one of the finest stories written on the sobering subject of the holocaust, right up there with the best of the classics.
Casey
May 10, 2007 Casey rated it it was amazing
This was the first of many, many books I read about the children of the Holocaust. I still think it's the best. It's pretty brutal in parts, but parents shouldn't fear exposing their children to this wonderful book.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Apr 20, 2008 Elizabeth (Liz) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Kora
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mansha kakar
Jan 10, 2008 mansha kakar rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to mansha by: my teacher
This is an amazing book!!
it's very emotional in some places but it is a very touching story.
It shows what had happened to families during the holocaust!
David Dequesada
May 10, 2016 David Dequesada rated it it was amazing
I read this book in middle school. This is an amazing book that follows a boy, Daniel, and his family through their suffering from the time the Nazi's took power in Germany. What I really like about this book is that, even though it is fiction, it is about a boy actually from Germany. So many of the other stories are about jews in Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, or other surrounding countries. In those cases, the Nazi invasion is often something that seemingly happens over night. I like the f ...more
Mare
May 01, 2014 Mare rated it really liked it
I noticed the cover stated this book was published in conjunction with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum so I wanted to see what aspect it focused on as apposes to other Holocaust books I've read.
This story is, obviously, the story of Daniel & his family from the beginning of the Nazi party till the end of WWII. I was amazed how many aspects the author was able to weave into the families experiences both the steps they took to survive and the horrible sights they were witness too and exper
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Casey
Feb 23, 2008 Casey rated it really liked it
Recommended to Casey by: 6th grade teacher
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DANIEL'S STORY IS VERY VERY SAD, BUT IS A GREAT STORY. DANIEL IS A JEWISH BOY THAT IS 14 DURING WORLD WAR 2.
Michael
Oct 25, 2007 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history/sad
If you like books that are depressing, sad and about history then this is for you. this is a grat book
Marianne
Jul 25, 2008 Marianne rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good YA book on the horror of the concentration camps during WWII and the courage it took to survive.
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“We are alive. We are human, with good and bad in us. That's all we know for sure. We can't create a new species or a new world. That's been done. Now we have to live within those boundaries . What are our choices? We can despair and curse, and change nothing. We can choose evil like our enemies have done and create a world based on hate. Or we can try to make things better.” 40 likes
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