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Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein (Dear Canada)

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This dramatic story tells of 11-year-old Devorah's efforts to help her cousin and pen pal Sarah emigrate from Paris before the Nazis deport the Jews to internment camps. Devorah learns that 5,000 Jewish children in France have visas to leave the country, but the Canadian government will not let them in, leading Devorah to desperately lobby the government to change its poli ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published August 17th 2005 by Scholastic Canada
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Nicola Mansfield
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's 1941 Manitoba and the war is only just getting underway. This is a story of the war through the eyes of a Jewish girl on the home front. It touches slightly upon several major concerns: the Winnipeg Grenadiers, Canadian pows in Hong Kong, Canadians fighting in the RAF over Europe, Japanese internment camps in BC and many other topics are touched upon. However the main subject in "Turned Away" is a very shameful episode in Canadian history which is barely known about these modern days. Mysel ...more
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: term-3-reading
This is the last book that I thought I would be pulling off the library shelf, but I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed it.
"Turned Away" is one of the books in the famous "Dear Canada" series. I have read one other "Dear Canada" book, but I didn't like it, because I was to young to understand the importance of history and events from the past in the story.
This book shows how the jews were treated in World War II, by having a girl make regular diary entries while the war was going on. It taugh
Apr 19, 2014 is currently reading it
I'm reading this book at school for reading/thinking circles,and I really enjoy this book,it really grabs my attention about the world war 2 which is the war that this story kind of explains the story about
Meaghan Steeves
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a cold and heartbreaking look at the way things were for Jewish Canadians at this time.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian-author
Good introduction to the role of Canada in WWII, suitable for middle grade readers.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eleven year old Jewish girl Devorah Bernstein has her two older brothers fighting in World War Two, plus her cousin Sarah in France to worry about. Before her brothers left she worried about nothing, but now she is. Her friend Elizabeth is always so happy all the time, while her friend from her old school, Marcie shares her endless worries with Devorah, about her own brother who is working with the medical corps, and the plight of Jews in Europe. In spite of this, Devorah is trying all she can t ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dear Devorah
our worst fears came to pass.Three huge bangs on the door. Mommy ran to my room and told me to keep the door closed and not to come out. Within minutes she came back and sank down on my bed weeping. "They've taken him,"she said."to drancy.Arrested."
the world war 2 dairy of Devorah
By Carol Maya's.
-genre = true events
sometimes the book ,since it is a diary, has some boring days where dovorah doesn't write much while compared to others days . Dovorah's writing and though
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Wilson
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not much of a fiction fan. However Scholastic's "Dear. . . " series are always books I can't put down. "Turned Away" was no exception. Because this was from the "Dear Canada" series, I learned things about WWII I never heard as an American. I didn't know Canadian troops were stationed in Hong Kong and the statistics about them through the book were very interesting. Also, I had never heard of "If Day" where they participated in one day that might be what life would be like if the Nazis were ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unlike many of the other Dear America/Dear Canada books, this book dealt equally with historical narrative and philosophical dialogue, in a way which I found realistic and accurate, especially for a pre-teen living during World War II.

As a Jew, I grew up learning about the horrors wrought upon European Jews by the Axis powers, and the role of non-Jewish French people in the Holocaust. Yet while the background of Devorah's story was not unfamiliar, it was refreshing to read the letters between D
Bev Walkling
I always enjoy the books from the Dear Canada series and this one was no exception. It is written from the perspective of 11 year old Devorah Bernstein who lives in Winnipeg Manitoba. She has two brothers fighting overseas - one as a pilot and one in Hong Kong. Many Canadians are not familiar with the story of the men who served in Hong Kong and the deprivations they faced during captivity as POW's so it was interesting to read ar least a little on this subject and know it will help more childre ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bravery
Matas, Carol. (2005). Turned away: The World War II diary of Devorah Bernstein. Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Written in a diary format, Devorah, a Canadian, records her significant moments and perceptions of World War II . Her two brothers have signed up to fight in the war and her cousin lives in France and is facing first-hand the horrors of war. Devorah shares her understanding or lack of understanding of the conflict in a preteen style.

This book is full of factual information with maps
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Heartattack in Winnipeg
Picture this,your in winnipeg across the Atlantic ocean from your cousin in France.With the Nazis outside the door. This story is about a girl in Winnipeg she finds out that 5,000 jews have visas to come to Canada but is turned away by the Canadian goverment.One night in France they hear three loud knocks on the door read the book to find out what happens.I enjoyed the book i would like to now a bit more about what happend to (sarah) her cousin.This book is great if you l
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of the Dear Canada diary series that I have read. I wonder if they are all this good?

The fictional diarist is charmingly spunky, as I imagine most of the other diarists in the series must also be. As she is growing from child to young woman, she is also dealing with the absence of family members: some fighting overseas and one particularly loved cousin trapped in France. She is bewildered by the unfairness of Canada's meagre response to those who wanted to escape, and this unfa
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning more about Canada's history.
Another book in the Dear Canada series, "Turned Away" is a book worth reading. The author, Carol Matas, has created a story that shows many sides to World War II, which I have yet to read about myself. Along with her ability to create characters that feel so real, she is able to show the dark side of the War and the heroism of individuals during that time.
Like all Dear Canada books, I have learned so much more about Canada's history.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing

By far the best Dear Canada book in the series. I really helped me understand the Holocaust and the effect it had not inly on the population of Europe but also on the North American population. I was very realistic and helped me get a perspective on how people had to deal with the cruelties of WWll and how we can find ourselves in the darkest of times.
Angela Boland
this is undoubtedly one of my favorite dear America/Canada books. Devorah explores some deep existential questions far too challenging for her age, but what can you do? they are the questions we all end up asking, and it would have been interesting to have read this as a kid. I wonder what I would have thought then.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes reading about Canada's history
Turned Away is another book from the Dear Canada series which focuses on World War II and the treatment of the Jewish people around the world. This story follows the life of a young girl, Devorah Bernstein, and how she deals with the war and ways to help her cousin, Sarah, who's living with her family in Paris at the time.
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read this before and I liked it then and I liked it now. It was very well written and introduces those of younger generations to the Holocaust without traumatizing them but highlights the dangers of war and prejudice.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Very dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking. This is what happens when a story is told in first person point of view. A person can truly understand what the main character is going through. The story is told through a diary format to make it more personal.
Sam - Spines in a Line
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history, teen
I read this as a MYRCA book. Not one of my favourites from the list but Carol Matas is a terrific author and it's always interesting to hear a different perspective on the Holocaust. Guarantee that anything by Carol Matas will be worth the read.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november
I really enjoyed this book, it was about a girl who lived in Winnipeg during World War 2. The book was the diary of Devorah and it was very interesting, she talked about how her brother was in Hong Kong fighting. And about her life, and everything that was happeing in it!
Jenna Leigh
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a compelling book about what it was like to be Jewish in Canada during WWII. I always enjoy books that bring a new perspective to people's experiences during the war, so this was very interesting!
May 06, 2008 marked it as to-read
Yeah a new book I have to read
Ailis McCleary
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe I would've liked it more if it was set in occupied France, but it is Dear CANADA after all. Still really sweet and sad.
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WWII is one of my favourite periods to read about and this book is just as good as all the others I've read.
Genesis Maney
It was very sad but I would recommend it for every age this coming from the person who hates hearing about war.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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“You know that quilt you are making at school? Each child makes a square, correct?"
"Yes," I said.
"And none of you knows what the other squares will look like. Perhaps that is the way God works. We are each like one of the squares. We choose how our own square will look, we choose the colour, the design, all of that. But when we are put in with the other squares we might be in the middle, at the edge, make the whole look one way or another. ... And it's when we interact with all the other squares that the unexpected can happen. And it can change the way our square is viewed. ... It's a mixture of our choices and God's choices. And it all makes a pattern, but only God can see the big pattern.”
“I know one thing -- I don't understand it. Will Adam's survival, or Morris's, depend on something little like that? Like a toss of a coin? It makes me feel like everything must be terribly important, even the toss of a coin, or nothing is important, and we may as well not care about anything.” 0 likes
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