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Whatever is coming, we'll face it together, as a family. As long as we're together, we'll be okay.
For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate the Sabbath. But when the Germans march into Warsaw with their campaign of hatred against t
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Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Scholastic Australia
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K.
Trigger warnings: Holocaust. Death of a parent. Death of a sibling. War.

I had high hopes for this to be the next Once. And perhaps my hopes were too high? But this was...meh.

The author says in her note at the back that a lot of this story is based on actual things that happened to actual Jewish children living in Warsaw during the war.

This is not a long book. It's only 250 pages.

And there are SO. MANY. HORRIBLE. THINGS. that happen to the main character during the course of this story. Almost
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Anna Ciddor
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is told through the eyes of Miri, a young Jewish girl living in Warsaw, Poland. The book begins with a prologue giving us a brief glimpse – and warning – of the dark days of war Miri is about to experience, but then we are drawn back into the warm, happy atmosphere of her life in pre-war Poland. These early scenes of market stalls and holidays, depicted in loving detail, are shattered by the arrival of the first bombs and the reader experiences the tensions and uncertainties of those ...more
Kirsten McKenzie
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-s
This review was written by my ten year old daughter who read this book at school:

"It was really good! It explains all about Miri's freedom and life before the nazis took her and her family.
It got a bit creepy when they got delivered to the ghetto but it is really heartwarming.
I definitely give this book 10 out of 10!"
Jovana
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within these walls is an inspirational and captivating book that will draw you in within each word. The storyline is brilliant and will change your views and mindset. Within these walls made me grateful for everything I have and will definitely read again !!
Charlotte Blyth
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book and a nice ending and a really good message.
Kylie Purdie
This has been shortlisted for the Australian Children's Book Council Younger Reader book of the Year.

Hmmm, a quick look the reviews for this book and it's quite obvious I'll be going against the grain here.
I've long had an interest in the Holocaust and the experiences of Jews during World War 2. I've read a lot of fiction and non fiction on the subject both as an adult and a child. Growing up, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was one of my favourite books. (really should re-read that). I'm always
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Woff
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii
Authentic and well researched.
Sarah
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of holocaust novels and for me this one has a few problems. Bavati mentions in her endnotes that she had a check list (my term, not hers I think) of "real" situations and events and experiences that she had researched in preparing to write this story. Unfortunately her determination to do the research (and subject) justice, has limited the story's success. I never felt I knew this family, or main character as I have done with say, Morris Gleitzman's Soon series. Instead, it feels as ...more
Helen O'Toole
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because we are planning on having it for our older primary school aged readers. Definitely a very well researched book about the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto. The descriptions of Jewish family life prior to the invasion of Poland by the Nazis are simply written yet so affecting as you know that their lives are about to change utterly. The main character, Miri, is very believable and the reader definitely feels her agony as each new atrocity occurs. As it is for a junior audience, the ...more
Ruth
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Australian author Robyn Bavati writes: “When first approached about writing this book, I wasn’t sure I was up to the task… I felt an enormous responsibility to get it right… While I invented the character of Miri, I did not invent anything she did, saw, felt, or witnessed.”
Bavati’s approach is key to the appeal of Within These Walls. This painful and compelling story is told by Miri, a Polish-Jewish adolescent and young teen during World War II. We first see her surrounded by her family and pre
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Jennie
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Warsaw in the lead up and through the duration of Polish occupation, Within These Walls is told through the eyes of 11 year old Miri and her Jewish family. Pre-war family life is idyllically capture and but when the Germans march into Warsaw with their campaign of hatred against the Jews, Miri and her family must move to the ghetto. As hardship increases and the ghettos shrinks, Miri's family diminishes as, one by one, they are taken from her, and she is left alone.

Bavati has undergone co
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Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I picked this book up at the library, on a whim.
I have always been drawn to books that have the WWII content matter. I can't tell you why, other than I tend to find them in the biggest stacks of books.

This book is well written and easy to read, which is fantastic considering its target audience is middle-school aged children. And although it talks about dead bodies and starvation and people being executed, I think it is a pretty tame interpretation of the time.

I also feel that up until the last
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Megan Liwanag
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Andrew
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the reviews for this book here on Goodreads I was feeling somewhat despondent. I think reviewers need to remember this is a kids book, it is fiction based on fact and it isn't a glorified, or even raw account of fact. I feel this book presents some truths about the Holocaust especially for younger readers, those who may not know, or understand. It deals with death, hatred and the misery of life under the Nazi's in Poland honestly, but not overwhelmingly. I'm happy I read this, it w ...more
Patricia Baker
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wondered why there seemed so many familiar aspects to this story till I got to the acknowledgments at the end. The author has only included things which are from firsthand accounts. Reminded me of The Pianist I used with my Year 11 students.
Miri and her family are forced into the Warsaw ghetto once the Germans take over the city. The family believes it will be OK if they stay together but the cruelty they face on so many levels breaks them apart. Miri promises her mother she will do whatever it
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Oscar Wright
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very hard to put down. The author did incredibly well to make to it intriguing to the reader in every page, and connected with the reader very well emotionally. As well as this, the reader always felt sorry for the main character through all her struggles, and made it all that extra intriguing. This is one of my favourite books of all time
Anna Davidson
A well-written story that vividly describes a child's experience in Warsaw during World War 2. A good introduction to this genre for mature upper primary students. A CBCA shortlisted book this year.
Happy#1
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent novel. Thought provoking and challenging. Written from the perspective of a Jewish child witnessing and surviving unimaginable racial hatred.
Trisha
2017 Younger Reader Short List. Read for presentation.
Diane Smith
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad
Mika
Jul 20, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in war over the age of 10
The book Within These Walls by Robyn Bavati is a very intriguing and fascinating book to read. This story is told through the eyes of a young girl by the name of Miri who lives in Warsaw, Poland. Throughout the book we are drawn into seeing the warm and happy atmosphere of Miri and her family in Warsaw, Poland. Very early on we get little glimpses of the coming war and the darkness surrounding it. Though still through all of this we see the family’s happy vacations, and the enjoyment of living t ...more
St Stephen's C C
Whatever is coming, we'll face it together, as a family. As long as we're together, we'll be okay. For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate Shabbat. But the Nazis have a hold on Europe, and have stepped up their discrimination and attacks on Jews. How can Miri's family stay together, when the invading Nazi ...more
Sonya
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous YA read - introduces the Warsaw Ghetto in such a moving, emotional way, would most definitely allow for students to develop an interest/awareness of what life was like for young people during this traumatic time. Very powerful. Would definitely recommend.
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Jessica Gallagher
Initially it felt like I had read this book before, I have read others that begin in a very similar way. Once I was a quarter way through though, I realised that whilst there are similarities in holocaust stories, they never fail to shock me to the core. Even if everything that happens in this story were things I had read about before, it would still have an impact because these are things that happened in real life, which means people are capable of doing them. I imagine this book would be very ...more
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Robyn Bavati lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is married and has three grown-up children and a cat called Chino, who likes to sit on her lap when she reads.

Robyn has so many favorite books she can't possibly list them all. Right now she's loving The Family With Two Front Doors by Anna Ciddor and The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky.