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A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
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May 01, 2010

it was amazing
Read in April, 2010

Summary: Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life. Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship.

Written by Thomas Buergenthal
Published in 2007 by Little, Brown and Company

Recommendations/Awards: Newberry Honor

Audience: Read together or read alone: grades 4-6

Genre: Chapter book

Illustrations: There weren't actual illustrations drawn in this chapter book. The author did put actual pictures of his family and himself. I think by adding photographs from his family life, it made the book even more real. It allows the reader to understand the story through the eyes of the author.

Uses: This book would be a great book to use for shared reading. It is important that the teacher is involved when the children are reading this story. The events in the story are very true, but some of it may be a little overwhelming for the students to read alone. It would be great for the teacher to read along and explain certain events that occur in the story.
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