Max and Willy meet at Willy's dad's store when Max and his father buy a painting of a woman. The two boys instantly become friends. They are so similar except for the fact that Max is a Jew. When the Nazis invaded their city in Belgium, Antwerp, the two boys must be separated, but not before Max asks Willy to take and hide the painting of the woman. Then Max and his father must leave and hide from the Nazis.
I have a lot of interest in the Holocaust and I find it fascinating to study the psychology of what Hitler did;however, this story doesn't go much into the Holocaust. Students that already know about the Holocaust will understand what is going on in the story, but other students without previous knowledge won't learn about the Holocaust from this book. I would use it, however, during a Holocaust unit.