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Good Night, Maman

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  496 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Young readers who have loved and mourned Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl may take solace in the more hopeful ending of Good Night, Maman, Norma Fox Mazer's tender story of a brother and sister's escape from the Holocaust. Like all Jews in France during World War II, Karin and her older brother Marc are on the run from the Nazis. At first the siblings and their strong an ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Cael Ormsby
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Good Night Maman is about how two kids are going to go on an adventure to America. The main characters were Karin Levi, Marc Levi, and Maman they were important because this was their experience in WWII. My favorite character honestly would be Karin because even though she was slowly going farther away from her Maman she wrote letters to her even though they couldn’t be sent.

I could relate to Maman because I had to let my cousin go back to Wichita and I was really going to miss him. She had to
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade
This book reminds me of Elie Wiesel’s Night because it’s about the Holocaust except this time, they are leaving for America instead of trying to leave the concentration camps. It is a very touching book because although Karin and Marc (who are brother and sister) are able to escape the events of World War II, they have to leave Maman (their mother) behind due to an illness. Later on, when the children are finally in America, they know that they are safe. From that point on, the events that are ...more
Judine Brey
The concept of this novel was great - utilizing a little-known World War II event of Jewish refugees coming to America. However, I'm not convinced this was effective as a young adult novel; many of the passages were too simplistic. I could see a more To Kill a Mockingbird style novel accomplishing what the author was trying to do more effectively.
Jenny Clark
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
A very sad book, but et with an underlying message of hope.
Esmeralda Monreal
The book Good Night, Maman is about a girl named Karin who goes across a long journey with her mom and her brother Marc. The main character is Karin the 12 year old girl who does anything for her mom and brother to stay alive. My favorite character is Marc because after they leave their mom he still stays strong and takes care of his little sister through all the trouble they get into.
I can relate to this book because I have to take care of my little sibling and it does take lots of responsib
Margo Tanenbaum
This moving novel by award-winning children's novelist Norma Fox Mazer (who sadly passed away in 2009) tells the story of Karin Levi, a 12-year old girl whose comfortable life is overturned when the Nazis occupy Paris in 1940. Karin, together with her mother and older brother, flee Nazi-occupied Paris and start a new life of constant fear, as they are first hidden in the countryside, and later escape into American-occupied Southern Italy (without their mother, who by this point in the narrative ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodnight Maman was about this Japanese family that had to go into hiding because of the Germans invading their home town. At first Maman was working for Madame Zetain because she could hide Mark Levi and Karin Levi(her children) up in the attic, but they had to evacuated because the Germans were coming along the way their was A guy who help Maman,Karin, and Mark to get to New Jersey so that they could be safe but Maman fell very sick and she could not travel with them so they had to leave her. ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique story in the YA Holocaust literature cannon. So many books focus on the victims, the survivors, the witnesses, and the resistors. This one book is a fictional account based on the real experiences of people who escaped to the U.S.

The history: In June 1944, FDR realized that the US had not been very good to those trying to escape Hitler, and he sent a large boat to Naples to pick them up. On the boat, about 1,000 came to America and spent the rest of the war in the old army base
Casandra Rodriguez
Good Night Maman, is about a Japanese family during the Pearl Harbor attack. They had to hide in different house for them not to get caught. A man helped the mom, sister (Karin), and the older brother (Marc) go to a camp in New Jersey. Before they went to the USA, their mom was too sick to go with her children. They left their mom behind and went to the United States of America by themselves. The main character were Karin, the mom, and the older brother Marc. They were important because they wer ...more
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anna Rubaker
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of Good Night, Maman Marc, Karin, and their mom are hiding from the Germans and they have to move around to many different places. Then their mom gets too sick to travel anymore so the kids have to leave her behind. Marc manages to find two open spaces on the Henry Gibbins, a ship going to America. While the distance between Karin and Maman grows, Karin wonders if she'll ever see her Maman again. Good Night, Maman was an average book. It was well written, however I think the end ...more
Rachel DeStefano
Good Night, Maman by Norma Fox Mazer is about a family living through the holocaust. They get kicked out of many different "hiding spots" along the way. Karin is the youngest child and her brother Marc is the oldest, he finds them a boat to escape to. Their mother gets sick and can not continue the journey to find safety, and tells them to continue without her. The kids go on with hopes to escape the horror meet up with their mother when the war is over. The book keeps the reader guessing by alw ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-2010
This book takes place in the 1940 in Germany and America. It revolves around twelve-year-old Karin, and her older brother Marc, and their mother (Maman). They had to leave their mother behind because she was ill. They were fleeing from Germany taking over Paris to America. It is the time of World War II, not only are they trying to flee, but so are many others. Karin and her brother ends up in a refugees during World War II in a camp in Oswego, New York. It was a really touching story. What make ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the World War II 982 refugees, people who were targeted by Hitler for imprisonment, came to the United States. They were brought by the U. S. government and housed at Fort Ontario, near Oswego, New York. Two of the refugees, siblings, Karin and Marc, are French Jews, from Paris. In the summer of 1944 they boarded a ship in a convoy headed to the States. The two are adjusting to life in the fort, where first they are in quarantine. Later they will attend school in the nearby town.

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Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any kid interested in history
Recommended to Julie by: borrowed it from Mom
This book is a very good way to explain to kids the experience of Jewish refugees during World War II. It also tells the story of the 982 refugees brought to America aboard the Henry Gibbins, the ONLY refugees brought to the US during the war. Having gone to college in Oswego (and in the history program, no less) I'd studied about this a lot, heard Ruth Gruber speak, and even got to do some research in the college's archives about the experience.

I'd recommend this for any school library, or for
A good children's historical fiction account of WWII, of a Jewish family with all family members affected. The story includes memories of losing family members, a long stint in a hiding place attic, as well as marching around Europe trying to stay alive, then onto a US ship and as refugees in a camp in NY state.

This book covered a lot of the war's history, but somehow, oddly, the last third of the book sounded familiar - like I'd read it in another similar book. Even to the last revelation - I
This is a heart wrenching story that I found very difficult to put down. The fact that it is based on real event makes it even sadder, but it is too good of a book to not recommend. It is written from the perspective of a young girl, but the audience of this book does not necessarily have to be young. I would suggest this book at a 4th grade level or higher. I believe both children and adults could gain a lot from this story, not only for its historical significance, but the powerful writing as ...more
Megan Anderson
Sad, but cute at the same time. I never realized there was actually a refugee camp in the USA during WWII (though, I knew there were what were essentally concentration camps for the Japanese during the same time period). Just another worthwhile fact eschewed by the school history textbook writers for stupid asides. *sigh*

Anyway, definitely a good book. Not quite good enough to purchase, but nice in conjunction with a lot of the other novels I've been reading lately.

4/5 on here, 8/10 for myself
Mary Bronson
I thought this was a really good book I really enjoyed reading it. I thought Kairn was such a great main character. It was a different story about WWII I have not heard before. Once I got started I could not put the book down. Even though the characters were fictional the story about a fort that took in some Euorpeans back to the United States is true. I can not wait to do some research on this fort.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The concept of this book was brilliant - utilizing a little-known WWII event of Jewish refugees coming to America. However, I'm not convinced this was effective as a young adult novel (it may be a middle-grade novel) because it didn't have a lot of depth to the characters. I was hoping for something closer to "To Kill a Mockingbird," which effectively creates both character and history. It's a nice introduction to the event, but I was left wanting more.
When the Nazis take over France, Marc and Karin spend a year in hiding with their mother. As the danger of discovery intensifies, they escape, traveling on foot and at night until their mother's strength is at an end. Karin and Marc manage to get on a ship headed for America, but they have to leave their mother behind.

A Holocaust story suitable for younger readers.

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this because it's about a Jewish girl and her family who end up as refugees during World War II in a camp in Oswego, New York, near where I live. The author (whom I met shortly after this book was written) did an excellent job of getting period details correct, so that you felt like you were back in the 1940s.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second reading. What I like most about this book is the description of an internment camp located in the U.S. that is little known outside of Oswego NY. It is an way for our intermediate readers to learn about the anti Semitic beliefs in the US the time. Karin and her brother are well crafted and believable characters.
Samantha Brown
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a touching story of a young Jew and how she and her brother survive traveling from the comfort of their home to a new place that is safe. Throughout the story the girl Karin writes letters to her mother. This book gives a lot of history on the lives of the refugees who were saved from The war in Europe and taken to live in a camp in Oswego NY.
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is a very good book if you want adventure, family love, and stuff about the holocaust. there's not much to do with the holocaust but it does get mentioned a few times, it is a very good book but the ending is a little bit tragic but that doesn't mean it's not a very, very, very, very, very, very, very good book to read.
the beggining of the book was very interesting and fun to read. I learned alot about how the war went and what they went through as being jewish. The ending was kind of not as good because it just talked about their personal life instead of what really happend when jews arrived to America and what they did.
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Karen Levi and her family live in Paris, when the occupation of the German's begins in 1940 and Jewish families like hers are taken away,hide or leave. This historical fiction novel talks about the hiding, leaving of Karin and his brother Marc, as they leave behind their sick mother to the freedom of the US and how they adapt to American ways. Very Good
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
070414 This book is more of a middle school book, but since I am very interested in WWII I thought I would read this book. Middle school teachers who are trying to teach their students about survival during WWII, should have their students read this book.
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Norma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.

She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is a
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