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Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
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Apr 29, 08

bookshelves: childrensnovels, kid-stuff, veryemotional, young-adolescent
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the Holocaust, Middle School Students
Read in January, 1993

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 "small cruelties" that eventually led to big ones. I think it gives children and adults a better idea of things that society cannot tolerate. It shows how small hates can become catastrophic.

This story is also unique in the way that it seems to examine "snapshots" of times, and then tell the story behind them. I think it is creative, well written, and meaningful.
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