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From international bestseller Mario Escobar comes a story of escape, sacrifice, and hope amid the perils of the second World War.

Jacob and Moses Stein live with their aunt in Paris until the great raid against foreign Jews is unleashed in August 1942. Their parents, well-known German playwrights, have been hiding in France, but before their aunt manages to send them south,
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 25th 2017)
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Paige
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falling somewhere between an odyssey and a saga, this is a tale of exile reminding us that kindness and humanity will radiate in the season of sorrow.

1942: The parents of Jacob and Moses have sent the boys to live with their aunt in Paris since the war is getting worse. On the streets, the boys get swept away in the Velodrome dHiver roundup in Paris. Choosing to escape, Jacob and Moses return to their aunts home, discover old letters from their parents, and decide to go find them.

Through Jacob
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
2.5 stars. A light, hopeful wartime story.

Moses and Jacob Stein are two young Jewish brothers who flee their aunts home in war-torn Paris in search of their parents who left to find safety. Moses and Jacob encounter many strangers along their journey.

My biggest issue with this novel was how unrealistic the boys journey seemed. For me, there were far too many close calls and coincidental opportunities. While I do believe there were countless situations where people were saved by the kindness of
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Rose
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book of the holocaust, is an important historical fiction story told by author Mario Escobar. It is about the struggles of two brothers who have been separated from their parents, and the journey through war times to find them.

It takes them through many counties, and in and out of many families lives and homes

All books about this topic are very important, and must be read. I have read a great many books about the holocaust, and feel many of them were more enjoyable of a read for me. The
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Tammy
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 ☆ Mario Escobar has written a touching story from the perspective of two Jewish brothers harrowing escape during WWll from France to Spain on the quest to find their parents. The kindness and encouragement of the people they meet along their journey tugged at my heartstrings, with good triumphing over evil time and time again. Children of the Stars is a story of bravery, love of family, and the endurance of human spirit. I was completely absorbed in this book staying up late to finish. This is ...more
Aga Durka
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children of the Stars is an important tale of two Jewish brothers and their journey across Europe and later across the Atlantic Ocean in a search of their parents. It is a heartbreaking but full of hope story of survival, love, and sacrifice during the harrowing times of WW2 and Holocaust.

I think any story about Holocaust is an important story to know. Even though both main characters, Jacob and Moses, are fictional, their courageous journey tells a story of many children during WW2 and their
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Aga Durka
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Children of the Stars is an important tale of two Jewish brothers and their journey across Europe and later across the Atlantic Ocean in a search of their parents. It is a heartbreaking but full of hope story of survival, love, and sacrifice during the harrowing times of WW2 and Holocaust.

I think any story about Holocaust is an important story to know. Even though both main characters, Jacob and Moses, are fictional, their courageous journey tells a story of many children during WW2 and their
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Karren  Sandercock
Thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction, and Mario Escobar for my advanced copy of his new book: Children Of The Stars.

1942, Jacob and Moses Stein, two young Jewish brothers are staying with their Aunt Judith in Paris during the Nazi occupation and are trying to keep a low profile. Eleazar and Jana Stein the boys parents, are German actors they have left the brothers with Judith while they try to find somewhere safe for the whole family to live. On the first morning of summer school holidays,
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Asheley
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2020-read
This is an extraordinary novel. The story features two young brothers, Jacob and Moses Stein, as they search for their parents in 1942.

The brothers parents left them in the care of their aunt about a year ago while they went looking for a safe place to move their family. The boys parents are somewhere, maybe in France, looking for a safe place for their family to wait out the war, as they were German playwrights and Jewish. One day, the French law enforcement begins rounding up all of the local
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Karren  Sandercock
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction, and Mario Escobar for my advanced copy of his new book: Children Of The Stars.

1942, Jacob and Moses Stein, two young Jewish brothers are staying with their Aunt Judith in Paris during the Nazi occupation and are trying to keep a low profile. Eleazar and Jana Stein the boys parents, are German actors they have left the brothers with Judith while they try to find somewhere safe for the whole family to live. On the first morning of summer school holidays,
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MicheleReader
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im compelled to read books about WWII. There are so many stories written about this horrible time in history and I continue to seek books where I can find something new to learn and told from a new perspective. It is so important to never forget. I was heartbroken by Mario Escobars last book Auschwitz Lullaby which made Children of the Stars a must-read.

It is 1942 and we meet Moses and Jacob Stein, two brothers ages eight and twelve, separated from their parents. They are living with their aunt
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Nursebookie
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this amazing heart wrenching story of brotherhood, family, hope and resilience in the midst of the horrors and perils of the second World War.

It is the summer of 1942 when brothers Jacob and Moses Stein are with their aunt in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Their parents in Germany are famous playwrights who are trying to reunite the family. The children end up forcible detained at the Vélodrome dHiver. They escaped the harrowing conditions of that place and returns to their aunts
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Vonda
Mar 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: net-galley
A good story about 2 brothers that escape the Nazis. The story was a good story and that's pretty much all it was. No fact checked history to be found here and not even a believable story. Every time the boys get in trouble or need help someone magically appears to help them on their way. It's a read in a day book that does flow quickly. Nice poolside read.
Bev Walkling
I received a complimentary copy of this book from #NetGalley and #ThomasNelsonFiction. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was interested in reading this book for a number of reasons. I knew that story centred around WW2 which is always of interest to me and the cover captivated me. My congratulations go out to the artist who captured the idea of two young boys on the run. Lastly, I have read another book by this author Auschwitz Lullaby and very much enjoyed it. The author
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Tammy
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2020
5 ☆ Mario Escobar has written a touching story from the perspective of two Jewish brothers harrowing escape during WWll from France to Spain on the quest to find their parents. The kindness and encouragement of the people they meet along their journey tugged at my heartstrings, with good triumphing over evil time and time again. Children of the Stars is a story of bravery, love of family, and the endurance of human spirit. I was completely absorbed in this book staying up late to finish. This is ...more
Meghan
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not stop crying after I read this book! The heartwarming relationship between Jacob and Moses was so kind to see that it brought tears to my eyes. I have read a lot of Holocaust Historical Fiction and have loved every one of them but this one really does a number on you mostly because it focuses on the relationship between the two brothers and the
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Jen
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale of two brothers and their journey during the war was beautifully crafted and full of emotion! I was completely caught up in their story. The storyline moved from heartbreaking to hopeful seamlessly and had me by the heartstrings. The people they meet on their journey was a fabulous representation of humanity. While I did not love this book as much as I loved the authors previous book, Auschwitz Lullaby, it was an emotional tale and one not to miss! Thank you to the publisher for the ...more
linda hole
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This. is The story about two Young jewish Boys during Ww2 and their Journey to reunite with their parents. It was. an ok book for me. Just ok. why? compared to fiction books from this era it was tame. It. did not touch my heart. with that being said I did appreciate that The book showed us that Even under The darkest times there are heroesthat Will stand up for you. There are always sunrays shining through Even in The darkest time. and the book reminds us. to always fight evil. never let evil ...more
Amber
I feel like weve come to a point where its very hard to write a story about WWII that hadnt already been told. Escobars book turned out to be a unique surprise for me, because it was exactly that: a WWII story I hadnt already heard. A story of two young boys making their way through war-torn and Nazi-filled countries in a desperate attempt to reunite themselves with their parents.

As I always say, Im a huge fan of character-driven novels, and stories about families and sibling relationships. So
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Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of the ARC of this historical novel from Netgalley, Mario Escobar, and Thomas Nelson Publisher. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am adding Mario Escobar to my favorite authors. He writes a brisk, compelling tale with factual historical backgrounds and sympathetic protagonists.

And Children of the Stars is an excellent WWII historical. We begin
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Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Toni Osborne
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Children of the Stars set in 1942 is the story of Jacob and Moses Stein, two Jewish brothers ages 12 and 8, who cross Nazi-occupied France in the hope of reuniting with their parents. It opens with the boys being caught in a raid and taken to the VeldHiv velodrome, a repurposed detention camp housing thousands of Jews. They manage to escape and thus begin their life on the run. This is their story..

This fictional tale highlights the value, courage and decision making of the two children as well
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Sue
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of WWII fiction and it is amazing how many different stories there are from that time period. This is a different look at the war in France seen by two young Jewish boys who are trying to get away from the people who want them dead while they try to find their parents. There was a juxtaposition between good and evil/light and dark and the pervading question of which side was going to ultimately win.

Paris 1941. The parents of 11 year old Jacob and 8 year old Moses have left Paris to
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Hallie Szott
3.5

Jewish brothers Jacob and Moses Stein have been staying with their aunt in Paris, while their parents search for a safe place to live. Yet, a detainment in the Vélodrome dHiver proves the city is no longer safe. They determine to find their parents before it is too late, and a dangerous journey through Franceand beyondbrings them encounters and experiences they never expected.

Mario Escobars Children of the Stars is a WWII story about family, hope, and perseverance, full of both harrowing and
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Marina Kantorova
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about 2 brothers traveling to Argentina to be reunited with their parents. Enjoyed it a lot
Rebecca
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldnt put this down. I loved how it focused on the brothers hope & they never gave up on finding their parents.

I had hoped for an update on Joseph from Paris & Anna but it felt more realistic that they wouldnt have known what became of them.

I loved how they used fact to embellish the fiction.

Truly great read.
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Janet
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a super-speed reader doesn't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! (Ditto the fact that the first day of autumn clocking in at an alarming 101-degree humidex!)

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

From internationally
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Jean Blankenship
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children of the Stars
By Mario Escobar
Jacob and Moses Stein, two Jewish brothers left with an aunt by their parents during WW2. Their parents had to leave Paris and were unable to take the boys. The boys left Paris on a long journey to find their parents. The Boys encountered many obstacles and had to keep hidden from the Nazis. They were rounding up all the Jews and sending them to a camp. Jacob and Moses met many people that helped them and gave them food. Each time they thought they had found
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Jean Blankenship
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Children of the Stars
By Mario Escobar
Jacob and Moses Stein, two Jewish brothers left with an aunt by their parents during WW2. Their parents had to leave Paris and were unable to take the boys. The boys left Paris on a long journey to find their parents. The Boys encountered many obstacles and had to keep hiding from the Nazis. They were rounding up all the Jews and sending them to a camp. Jacob and Moses met many people that helped them and gave them food. Each time they thought they had found
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Maureen Timerman
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This story takes place in Europe during the Holocaust, and the horrific time of hate. The author has us focus on the lives of two young boys, left with their aunt in France. The hope the parents had when they left their boys didnt turn into reality, and things go wrong very fast.
The courage these youngsters show as they try to flee France and go to Spain to find their folks, and we walk in their shoes as this horrible journey begins and ends as they span continents.
As a parent I would have had a
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Sydney Long
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its always a tough call when when a book about children during the WWII era. Its always a little tougher to take because theyre kids...innocent kids that got swept up into and were victims of an evil like no other. But when NetGalley so gracious sent me a copy a little early, I opened the cover knowing full well the possibilities that lie ahead for the main characters.

What I found was a book of hope, love, determination, kindness and family. Against the backdrop of war torn and German occupied
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