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We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

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Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson illuminates the true stories of Jewish children who fled Nazi Germany, risking everything to escape to safety on the Kindertransport.
Ruth David was growing up in a small village in Germany when Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s. Under the Nazi Party, Jewish families like Ruth's experienced rising anti-Semitic restrictions and
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Scholastic Focus
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Alex  Baugh
With the same attention to detail and straightforward writing style readers have come to appreciate from her, Deborah Hopkinson looks at how the rescue operation of Jewish children from Nazi occupied Europe, known as the Kindertransport, was able to saved approximately 10,000 young people.

In the first half of this fascinating history, Hopkinson details Hitler's rise to power and ties its impact into the lives of a number of Jewish families. Most people don't realize just how widespread
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Niki (nikilovestoread)
We Had to Be Brave is a wonderful, well-written, and well-researched nonfiction book that relates much of the history behind the Holocaust in a way that is accessible and easily understood by kids who haven't learned that much about the topic. It contains a plethora of first hand accounts from children who lived through the Kindertransport. Those firsthand accounts really help children grasp what it would have been like to experience life as a kid before the war, something they can relate to and ...more
Bonnie Grover
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A wonderful nonfiction book to add to your reference shelf. This book is loaded with important facts, Internet resources and photos. It reads like a detailed textbook with a wealth of information. A great place to go for firsthand information and survivor narratives.
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deborah Hopkinson records events in Europe, primarily Germany, Poland, and England, following WWI. She gives readers a view of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and slaughter of millions of Jewish people primarily through the lens of children who were rescued from death via the Kindertransport, trains and boats used to bring Jewish children to England before nearly all emigration out of Mazi-controlled countries ended at the start of WWII. Interspersed between her well-researched text and the ...more
Laura Petrie
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.--- As a young reader I was always drawn to historical fiction texts about World War II and the Holocaust, and there are so many to choose from. When I saw this available for review, I wanted to push myself a bit outside my comfort zone, as nonfiction always does. I am so glad that I did. We Had to be Brave by Deborah Hopkinson is comprised of stories and voices of children and advocates from this ...more
M.L. Little
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange Partner: We Had to Be Brave by @deborah_hopkinson. Releases February 4 through @scholasticinc.

FIVE STARS AND THEN SOME for this new nonfiction. This was FANTASTIC. Thoroughly researched, easy to understand, engaging, fascinating, superbly written...I could run out of adjectives. Very much my favorite book of 2020. I’ve only read four, but still.
Deborah Hopkinson, who deserves all the awards, takes us into the lives of many different real-life Jewish children (most from Germany,
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Becky
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Imagine getting on a train and leaving your parents and your family behind.

Premise/plot: Deborah Hopkinson’s newest nonfiction narrative is about the kindertransport. There are multiple narratives unfolding. First there is a general narrative that is explaining, providing context, giving an overall framework for the book. Second there is a narrative that follows three people, two girls (Ruth David, Marianne Elsley) and a boy (Leslie Brent). But it doesn’t stop there. It offers a
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RedPoppyReading
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport” by @deborah_hopkinson should be required reading for everyone. This book shares the personal stories of about 20 Jewish children who survived the Nazis and were evacuated from Nazi occupied Europe to England on the Kindertransport just before World War II broke out. The book starts by sharing the regular childhoods of the children before Nazis took control and then tells the horrors they faced as they were bullied and harassed for ...more
Laura Gardner
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We can't get enough of NF books about the #Holocaust and #WorldWarII and @deborahhopkinson is a master. I found this NF book compulsively readable. It's fascinating to read about the #refugee crisis that Hitler created in the 1930s and the way that the international community responded by taking in Jewish children. Firsthand accounts and interviews along with lots of photographs make this accessible and interesting. Grades 4+.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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]The Holocaust Unit our 8th grade does requires a LOT of fiction titles, and I do have students who want to read nonfiction on the topic. This is certainly a fantastic book (everything Hopkinson does is great), but it's on the long side and I may not purchase. It would not see a lot of circulation, so I'll recommend students who need it request it from the public library.
Holly
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is great. At least the ARC I got at ALA MW 2020 is.

That being said, the best part of it are the photos. I find the same photos in many WW2 books (I have read hundreds) but this one has completely unique photos. They're amazing.
Juliana B.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall I liked this book. It was very informative and had good writing. I liked how the book shared the stories of many children instead of just showing one child's journey. My one complaint is that the perspective can be slightly confusing when switching from 3rd person to 1st person.
Sydney
Jan 19, 2020 added it
“it is a sad fact that we have come to accept the horror of man’s inhumanity to man as commonplace.”
Nancy Hollingsworth
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Children rescued. Compassionate people. Risk-takers.
David
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crazy. This book is so very enlightening. The stories and truths are almost unbelievable.
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I write picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade fiction. I love history and visiting schools to talk to young readers (Pre-K - 8 and sometimes high schools).

My new books in 2020 are MINDFUL DAY, WE HAD TO BE BRAVE, and BUTTERFLIES BELONG HERE.

Recent awards for picture books include ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY JANE being named a 2019 Oregon Book Award finalist. I received the Jane Addams Peace
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