They Went Left
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I cannot stress this enough: I am a sucker for punishment and will read every WW2 book out there no matter how heart-wrenching, gut-punching, how completely soul-destroying it is.
THEY WENT LEFT tells the unique story of what happened AFTER the concentration camps were liberated. Zofia, who has lost her entire family, holds onto hope that her little brother, Abek is alive. Accompanied first by a Russian soldier, she arrives back home only to find ...more
Zofia has survived a number of concentration camps and is now beginning the work of trying to reunite with her younger brother. She is doing that through a patchwork of numerous charities - no central database and with the possibility that he has died/been mislabeled in German files/wants to move on without reuniting hanging over the process.
I thought Hesse's choice to explore the immediate post-war era was inspired - ...more
I can not say enough how good this book was. All the stars, all the accolades, all the YES to this book. It was exactly what you want from a historical fiction book: moving, informative, timely. I put it down and immediately went back to reread certain parts again. This is not something I normally do, but Hesse's words and prose stuck with me in such a way, I ...more
"Choose to love."
Significant visual and messages from Hesse's new book to be released in 2020. I'm beyond happy as a bookworm that I chose this to be my first book of 2020 because I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. She manages to weave another sentimental and informative historical fiction while ...more
One of my favorite historical fiction books is Girl in the Blue Coat, so when I saw this audiobook on LibroFM, I jumped up and down! Listened to the book in 2 days, and felt so many emotions... Zofia is a very likeable MC and I was rooting for her the whole book. I laughed and cried, and I will be thinking about these characters often. Amazing writting, this ...more
By Monica Hesse
Synopsis: Fans of The Blue Coat will be happy to know Hesse is back with another great WWII historic fiction novel. Zofia Lederman survived Gross-Rosen Concentration camp, but can she find her lost brother? As she trapezes across central Europe in search of Abek, Zofia lands a displaced persons camp in Germany where she meets others in search of lost relatives and hope for a new better life. Her search begins to seem insurmountable, will she ever find her brother? ...more
This book is heart wrenching, raw, and visceral in its telling of a teenage girl who has been liberated from a concentration camp at the end of WWII. Zofia has lost most of her family, but she hopes, almost beyond hope, that her brother Abek is still alive somewhere. She begins the overwhelming task of trying to be reunited with him. Zofia ...more
Thank you @littlebrownyoungreaders for sharing an advance copy of They Went Left by Monica Hesse with the #Kidlitexchange network. This book will be released April 7, 2020. All opinions are my own.
It's August 1945 and Zofia Lederman is in line to get discharged from the hospital. She survived the war and her time in the camps and is going home to find her brother. The last thing she said to him was a promise: "Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill out our ...more
Zofia and her younger brother Abek are Polish Jews who are part of the mass deportation to Auschwitz - Birkenau. Zofia promises ...more