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Escaping into the Night

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Halina Rudowski is on the run. When the Polish ghetto where she lives is evacuated, she narrowly escapes, but her mother is not as lucky. Along with her friend Batya, Halina makes her way to a secret encampment in the woods where Jews survive by living underground. As the group struggles for food, handles infighting, and attempts to protect themselves from the advancing Ge ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Halina and her Mama are doing the best they can to have a life in the ghetto in Horwogrodek. It is a terrible time for no one really can be sure when the next “selection” is going to take place. So many people had already been taken away by the Nazis and everyone lives in fear that they will be next. Mama’s latest boyfriend Georg wants Mama and Halina to run away to the forest but Mama refuses saying it would be better to stay in the ghetto.

Then one day Mama does not come home from work. A selec
Maelee Jones
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maelee Jones
3/8/17 BR#6

Escaping Into the Night 199pgs.
By: D. Dina Friedman

Escaping Into the Night by D. Dina Friedman is a wonderful young adult read. This historical fiction piece is definitely fascinating, and understandable to all teen readers. Each chapter is captivating, and cliff hanging making it easy to read more and more. The description and connection made with the Jews and what they went through powerful, touching, and outstanding. A literary element in the book that was very uniq
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really liked the story. I loved how Halina and Batya were willing to fight and stand up for themselves. I never knew about the whole community of Jews hiding in the woods, and that was really interesting. A little more background and a little more about the ghetto would have been good, especially for the reader who may not know a whole lot about the holocaust.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was okay but really shallow. If you liked it but it wasn't mature enough, read Salt to the Sea. So much better.
Freezing Soul
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Actively boring, they kept dwelling on past events. Even when their were trying to get food form the Nazi. I like Books of action, this had two bad action scenes. You might like it if you like books that repeat themselves a lot.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It takes a while to get interested in the book but it is a good quick read.
Makayla  Smith
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book, that lets the reader see how difficult it was for a young girl trying to survive the in the forest while also trying to avoid being captured and killed by Nazis.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was about took place in the holocost times when jews were put in camp's and were killed. For some weird reason I find it very interesting. I mean by learning what happened to them.
Dec 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Fifteen-year-old Halina, often chastised by her mother for worrying too much, has made intimate friends with loss and fear as she and her mother struggle to survive in the ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland. Her mourning of a father she never knew and her fear of being separated from her mother intensify when their friends and neighbors begin to disappear slowly. However, the horrific reality that unfolds unannounced shatters the small sense of security she knows, and Halina must flee at the urging ...more
Kayla Watkins
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Escaping into the night by Dina Friedman tells of one Jews many losses and triumphs. It tells a story about a girl named Halina, and her struggle to escape from the Nazis grip on her life. Halina hears around that the Polish ghetto is soon going to be invaded by Nazis soldiers, and all polish people are going to be evacuated out. She didn’t understand the full reality of it all until she secretively made it outside the city with a few others safely. She was frightened and lonely except for her f ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here is what you may know, picking up this book: WWII. The Holocaust. Poland. Ghettos. Resistance.

Here is what I knew, finding this book in a stack of $1 YA books at my local library's yearly sale: The Shoah. The forest. The families. My family. Elka.

My grandmother's father lost almost all his family in the Holocaust. He was a Polish refugee in Canada, where he met my great-grandmother, and they moved to Los Angeles in the late 1910s, when my grandmother was born. Out of the ashes of the Nazis'
Jennifer Lanman
This book was a good read because it is a story based on the holocaust. I love learning about our past history and especially world war 2. It gives me chills just thinking about what every person (whether they were for the US, Germans or the Jewish community) had to go through. I could not imagine living through that time period. This book could be good for grades 5th or 6th. They can each get a copy and you would read a couple chapters each day. This would be great for when you have a unit on W ...more
Kimberly Werner
"Escaping into the Night" is a historical fiction novel for readers age 16 and up (advanced). Halina is a young girl living in the Polish Ghetto during World War II. When she hears rumors about the Nazi's taking over she escapes the town, eventually landing in a secret forest hideout. This book is clearly geared toward the young adult audience as it is not terribly lengthy and not all of the characters are all that well developed. That being said, it should be noted that the plot is very suspens ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a good book but the story and character development were a little lacking. I think it could be due to the fact that it is geared toward younger readers (which I didn't realize when I purchased the book). I have considered having my children read it when they are a little older. I think it would be a great book to introduce them to the horrible things that happened to Jews during WWII. There is one scene though that I am not sure that I want them to read. I have a year or so left to decid ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read this last night. I thought it was wonderful, but I do love WWII stories. This came out in 2006 and the author wrote that she was inspired after reading Defiance, and the girls do stay in a forest camp with similar characters. This is a short novel. I picked it up because I saw it will be reissued and I was happy my library already owns many copies. Recommended for historical fiction readers who like a survival element.
Lea Ann
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Young Halina, forced to move to the Ghetto and then to flee for her life, is an engaging heroine in this middle grades Holocaust story. Having lost everything and everyone, she clings to those she can trust and manages to rebuild a semblance of family while trying to survive in a hidden forest encampment. This book reminds me of Number the Stars, albeit a grittier version (includes a rape scene), and it's quite a little page turner.
Diane Folz
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Historical Fiction. An interesting book on Holocaust survivors that we've previously heard very little about. I was very inspired by the selflessness of parents and the bravery of orphaned children who decided to escape the Polish ghettos, and certain death, even if it meant living in borrows in the forest much like the animals. At times, the characters endure circumstances that are mature in nature and are difficult to read. But, overall it is a moving, worthwhile look into history.

Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I rated this book 5 stars. I rated this book 5 stars because I thought this book was Exciting. I thought this book was awesome
because ere were events at made you wonder about what happens in the next chapter. I also liked book because the book gave you history events that had happen in real life. Finally I would recommend his book a friend because I thought t was a interesting story. Overall, this was a scary Mystery read.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book to read. I've read a lot of holocaust books and this one is my favorites out of all. When i was reading this this it felt like i was there the author did a great job describing the scenes and the people. The book has lots of surprising scenes and you never know what might happen, this book was great to read and you you ever get a chance to read it, its very exciting and sad book.
Halina's mother is killed by Nazis and the ghetto where she lives is being evacuated. She joins a group of people who use an underground tunnel to escape into the forest. She and the other escapees live in underground bunkers and Halina must find a way to hope and survive. The book does a good job of portraying a very ordinary teen girl who is put into an extraordinary situation.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book talks about another family that suffers under the Holocaust. I think this book brought the hopes up by saying that as long as family and love is along their, they will be fine. I know everything might be all right if love is along, but it seems a little too dramatic even though I hope that it can resolve Holocaust.
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was an okay book. Nazi Germany. Jews running from the Nazi's. It was a little on the juvenile side, even for a young adult novel. I've read much better books on the subject; the story wasn't very deep. Actually, it was kind of shallow!
Barb Keltner
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another inspirational and exciting story about Jews escaping during the Holocaust, this time in the woods and in an amazingly organized manner. I love historical fiction! This is another one that makes me wonder if I could have endured what so many lived to tell!
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
story of a young Jewish girl who, after loosing her mother and escaping from the ghetto, lives in the forest near Russia with hundreds of others until the war is over. A child's viewpoint of the true-life of the Bielski brothers, made into the movie Defiance with that blonde Bond guy.
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was part of the 8th grade English curriculum when I was filling in for a maternity leave.. The author was a participant in the Hudson Children's Book Festival. I really enjoyed it as much as the students did!
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had potential but wasn't a particularly well fleshed-out story. Ended abruptly. Camp life sounded intriguing but the world in which the protagonist lived could have been described in more detail. It did, however, educate me about the escapee camps in forests and woodlands.
Joshua Jacobson
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this with my 9 year old son for a school project. It was very well written with a compelling story line. The author kept the action moving and was very tasteful in her portrayal of some very evil events. And this helped to add to my picture of WWII. Great read!
Brenda Thompson
Halina and her mother have been placed in one of the Polish ghettos during the Nazi invasion. Halina escapes from the ghetto but her mother is not so lucky. The story revolves around Halina's existence after the escape. Based on true facts. A moving Holocaust story.
Caroline Scott
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very good. face paced. i really like books about WWII.
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