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Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930's. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own property, or even work, Daniel's family is forced from ...more
Paperback, 25th Anniversary Edition, 168 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic Canada Ltd. (first published April 1st 1993)
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Jennifer
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a fictional, teenage, Jewish character, Daniel, as he is living during the Holocaust. Although Daniel has been created by the author, the situations, settings, nightmares and facts of life during the Holocaust are real. As a teacher, I highly recommend this book for teaching students about WWII, the Holocaust, hate and prejudice. My students were shocked and in disbelief to learn about the horrors Jews were forced into during this time period. A great DVD to supplement the ...more
Amanda
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Amanda by: Amber
I loved this book the first time I read it. Then I read it again when I was older and got a whole new look at it. The book realy makes you think about what happened back then.
Grayson
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Daniel's Story" by Carol Matas is historical fiction but so realistic that the U.S. Holocaust Museum has a whole floor with an exhibit called Daniel's Story which follows the exact story from the book. My grandmother bought me the book while we were on a trip and saw the museum.

The books follows the story of Daniel who is Jewish and lives in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1930's. As Daniel tells his own story, you experience just a little bit of what it was like for Jewish kids who lived in Germany
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Jose
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my all time favorite. Its a great book, for children all alike. This book will give children the basic overview of life for a jewish boy in Nazi germany before, during, and after the war. I recommend this book for all those who attend the grades 4-6. A great read for the adults as well.
Casey
May 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of many, many books I read about the children of the Holocaust. I still think it's the best. It's pretty brutal in parts, but parents shouldn't fear exposing their children to this wonderful book.
Art
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: holocaust
I enjoyed Daniel's Story in that it followed many of the other books that I had read about the Holocaust.
Books, "Night", "The Devil's Arithmetic" and the "Warsaw Ghetto", just to mention a few.
Matas did a good job collecting and researching the stories to put together for Daniel"s Story.
Justin
Mar 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: juden and young adult fans
Just re-read it after a reminder...saddest/happiest/well no maybe just saddest book ever.
Sydney
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was well written, buy personally some parts were a little too graphic. Really puts into perspective of how terrible the Holocaust was.
Jshun Rushing
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel’s Story
Daniel’s Story is about a Jewish kid who wanted to be a photographer and him and his family tried to hide from the Germans. They hid for as long as they could inside the attic with little food, water and no bathroom. Daniel’s mother and brother were killed first out of the family because they tried to go to the hospital and get supplies and other stuff they needed. Daniel and his father were caught when they tried to go out and find Daniel's mother. When the they got put on a truc
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Leah Mather
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very scary and emotional. It was very good, don't get me wrong, but it was just so sad and I could barely even finish it! This book is about the time when Hitler became president. A boy and his family are taken away to camps and are separated, Daniel finds his father and they fight against the camps and Hitler, they take out the first camp, and free hundreds of people. They go to another camp, and Daniel finds his sister, who was alone, the mother was killed. Soon enough, they break ...more
Jenb16
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartbreaking story of the horrors of the Holocaust. Somehow, through all of the terror, this story manages to capture the spirit of hope that was necessary to survive this horrific tragedy. I couldn’t help but get emotional and enraged at the brutality that is depicted during the Holocaust from the perspective of a survivor.
Lisi Tesher
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the use of photography as a literary tool.
Kasha
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book this morning. I had a thought the other week that I should try to read my kids something about the holocaust. I remember that my first exposure to that time period happened in Middle school in the classroom. I would rather have some conversations about that with my children at home so that when they learn about that part of history they will not be....surprised. I'm not sure exactly why. I also feel like learning of that time period can spark many good conversations wit ...more
Nicole
This book is just as good now as it was back in grade 5. The only difference is now I have a full grasp on what was actually going on. Back then I viewed it as a very scary book, and that was all. The fact that this book is fiction really makes no difference to me, it only really means that their was thousands of actual children who could have experienced what Carol Matas made up. This story is not as gruesome as other Holocaust books I have read but that does not mean it is any less disturbing. ...more
Dacia
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Holocaust, Middle School Students
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 " ...more
Jenny
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, one of my favorite librarians feeds my addiction to WWII novels. While it's a fictionalized YA book of a young boy's experiences in the Holocaust, it is a powerful story that will bring tears to your eyes and bewilderment (as always when I read these kinds of books) of why this terrible genocide was actually allowed to happen. While very sad, I'm glad to read these types of books to keep the memories alive of those who perished during the war.
Kayla
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really actually quite good. Its told through the eyes of a teenboy named Daniel who is one of the suvivors of the Hollocoaust. (its fiction) this book really is very sad, i cried in lots of parts. it was one that we had to read for school. But if you dont mind reading this kind of stuff i strongly suggest it, because it really is very good.
Karl Tirrell
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished half of this book today. It was a beautiful, but heart-wrenching story - I haven't read too many stories on the subject, and although I'm painfully aware of the history of what happened to my own heritage, I acknowledge that there are so many things I need to learn, to get the whole story.
Amber
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

The first time I read this book I was in Middle School and read for a book report. This book is my all time favorite. Its a great book, for children all alike. This book will give children the basic overview of life for a jewish boy in Nazi germany before, during, and after the war. It's a great read for adults too.
Amanda R
Apr 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really moving story of a Jewish family in Germany during the Holocaust. Even though it was a JF story, it didn't feel sugar-coated. There were some very painful things to read. And the hardest thing was knowing what would come, and yet having the characters in the beginning still believing things would smooth out - they couldn't see it when the signs were all around them.

Josiah
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I first read it as part of a class project in sixth grade, and I still love it. In my thinking, this is one of the finest stories written on the sobering subject of the holocaust, right up there with the best of the classics.
Adi
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
Perfectly constucted and well thoughtout.
Ami
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Casey
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Casey by: 6th grade teacher
DANIEL'S STORY IS VERY VERY SAD, BUT IS A GREAT STORY. DANIEL IS A JEWISH BOY THAT IS 14 DURING WORLD WAR 2.
Michael
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history/sad
If you like books that are depressing, sad and about history then this is for you. this is a grat book
Elizabeth (Liz)
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kora
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Mychaela
Althought it is very depressing it was an event in history we shouldn't remember.
Marianne
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Good YA book on the horror of the concentration camps during WWII and the courage it took to survive.
mansha kakar
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to mansha by: my teacher
This is an amazing book!!
it's very emotional in some places but it is a very touching story.
It shows what had happened to families during the holocaust!
Sarabeth
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because it is required reading for my 11 year old daughter Anya’s 6th grade English class. I am horrified that this is considered appropriate for this age group! As a Jew and a WWII historical follower with specific focus in the Holocaust I found this book nightmare worthy for children younger than 15 due to the intense graphic descriptive violence. I do not allow my child to play violent video games, see PG13 movies, and she self-regulates by leaving the room or hiding her eyes if a ...more
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