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Alan and Naomi

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  709 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
When Naomi, a refugee child from Nazi-occupied Paris who acts 'crazy, ' moves into Alan Silverman's building in New York, he does his best to avoid her. They slowly develop a deep and touching friendship "[which] is a joy [in] this warming story with its heart-wrenching ending.

One of the more honest approaches to the repercussions of WW II" --SLJ

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 20th 1987 by HarperTrophy (first published 1977)
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Lisa Vegan
I loved this book, with a caveat I mention below. It reminds me of books I read in late middle school, but a quite a bit heavier than what I got back then, and I appreciate the newer books (even one this old) for that reason. I wish that it had been published a dozen years earlier because I'd have loved it back when I was 10-12. If I was on a normal reading schedule, this is a book I could read in a day or two, and I think it would have been more satisfying to read it through in a sitting or two ...more
Ich hab’s geschafft! Nach 5 Jahren habe ich endlich ein Buch auf Deutsch gelesen. Dass es ein oft langweiliges Kinderbuch ist, macht mir nicht aus. Das Schwierigste war mich zu zwingen, jeden Tag ein bisschen zu lesen, denn ich hätte natürlich etwas anderes viel schneller auf Englisch lesen können. Eigentlich war die Geschichte nicht schlecht, bis ich zum enttäuschenden Ende kam.
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
"Alan and Naomi " or my prefered title, "L'oiseau jaune", is about love, friendship, betrayal and loss.

this book is definetly underrated. Alot of people label this book in the "youth" genre, underestimating it. The book explains the difficulty of life that Jewish people had during the second world war, even if they lived in a different continent. It's frightening to see how the persecution of Jews in Europe affected jewish lives all over the world, destroying everything they had.
It's incredibly
Amy Makler
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Alan is a Jew that lives in the 1940s in New York City and deals with antisemitism from some of the boys that he plays stickball with. Naomi is a refugee from France; she's scared, lonely, and very paranoid. She also has a habit of ripping pieces of paper until her fingers bleed, which is directly connected to her post-traumatic stress. The novel is basically about Alan and how is mother, at first, forces him to befriend Naomi, except he actually ends up enjoying the companionship. He finds hims ...more
Kressel Housman
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, especially teens
This has got to be one of the finest young adult Holocaust books ever written. It illustrates the dynamics of mass hatred perfectly. That's because the setting is not WWII Europe but a small New York City public school. That scaling down is what makes it all so clear.

Naomi is a Holocaust survivor who comes to live with her cousins in New York. Her cousin Alan is in her school, and he takes it on himself to show her around and bring her out of her shell. Amazingly, he succeeds, but an anti-Semite
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, i-own

"Naomi, ein 12-jähriges jüdisches Mädchen, ist mit seiner Mutter aus Frankreich nach New York geflohen; den Vater haben die Deutschen getötet. Dieses Erlebnis hat Naomi tief verstört. Nun wird Alan gebeten sich ein wenig um sie zu kümmern. Der sportbegeisterte Junge übernimmt nur widerwillig die Aufgabe. Aber allmählich gelingt es ihm Zugang zu Naomi zu finden ihr Schweigen zu lösen und eine Beziehung zu ihr aufzubauen. Doch dieser Heilungsprozess wird durch ein schwerwiegendes Ereignis
4.5 stars. Der gelbe Vogel is definitely one of the most hauntingly beautiful, sad, and moving books I have ever encountered.

I read Der gelbe Vogel in German, back when I was still relatively young, and it absolutely shattered my heart. The ending literally left me speechless and hollow inside, and I remember begging my sister for the sequel of this book, unwilling to believe it didn't exist.

There are few books that will stay with you and haunt you forever - Der gelbe Vogel is one of them.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ich habe das nicht erwartet.Ich bin ganz wörterlos. Alles hat mir gefallen. Alles. Die Freundschaft von Alan und Shaun war so rein ind hübsh, sie waren Brüder, sie hatten eine Bruederschaft, verstehen sie mir? Ich hatte diese Freundshaft so ernst, weil sie an die Geschichte meiner Brüderschaft mit meiner besten Freundin errinnern lassen....
Und dieses Ende... Das habe ich wirklich nicht erwartet! Ich habe ein schönes und glückliches Ende erwartet und was habe ich bekommen!? Tränen!
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Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a teen and loved it. It was the first book I can remember that had me sobbing as i turned the pages. When I saw that it came back into print i snatched up a copy and have reread it at least a half dozen times over the years.
A great story of young love between a boy and girl from different worlds in post world war two.
Donni Hakanson
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this since I was a teenager, some 30 years ago, and back then I read it several times. Now, as an adult, I found myself just as enchanted, and more perceptive as to the sheer poetry of the words, succinct, capturing ageless teenage emotions, issues, thoughts. It's a beautiful book, one that will touch your soul. One of my all time favourite books! xxx
I first read this book in middle school and happily came across it again in the Florida Holocaust Museum's library. As an adult I admire how Myron Levoy describes characters and conveys their world through word choices, descriptions, and how they interact. It is a well-written piece of fiction and a deeply touching one.
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. Alan meets Naomi when she moves into his building after her family escapes from the Nazis.
Reluctant at first to befriend her, the bond that grows between the two of them is something readers will not soon forget.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this first when I was in Junior High, such a sweet and poignant story about anti-semitism through the point of view of a young boy. beautifully written.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in middle school, and it has haunted me ever since. Still love it.
Marcus Quinones
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What I learned is never jugde someone by there character.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Book. A book about a wonderful and great friendship. I would recommend it to everyone!
Leah Ferrer
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great novel about the effects of the holocaust on survivors. It made me ugly cry and the ending stayed with me. I'm still a little devastated. When I try to describe what this book is about to friends, I start getting teary.

This book is for junior high schoolers but it gets really dark and heavy.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I watched the movie a couple of months ago, and I was hoping the book ended differently, being a young adult book. Nope, it didn't. But it was very good, very enlightening regarding the trauma war can have on children.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very realistic story about a difficult time period in history.
Elemi C. A.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in middle school. When I started teaching sixth grade, and heard I could set up the curriculum how I wanted, I immediately bought a class set of this book. It is beautiful and tragic. One year, I had my class write epilogues because they were so devastated by the ending and we sent them to Myron Levoy with personal letters. He actually wrote us back, thanked us for writing, and told us why he chose to end the book the way he did. It is a hard book for my kids to come to te ...more
Cath Van
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Myron Levoy's Alan and Naomi is a hopeful story about the power of friendship as well as a tragic story about what war can do to children.
Every once in a while it feels necessary to have two copies of the same book.That is: one in the language I originally read the book in, oftentimes that is Dutch, and one in the original language it was published in. I am by no means implying now that the Dutch translation of Alan and Naomi I read in 1981 lacked, as it did not, but sometimes reading the origin
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. B
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, historical, 1980s, 2016
I remember one of my 6th grade teachers reading this to as a class. I remember thinking it was an amazing story (and may have even reread it then or in junior high). It took place in New York City during World War II. Alan is coerced by his parents to hangout with Naomi each day after school. Naomi is a French refuge who has witnessed the horrors of the Nazis. She will not talk to anyone. Overtime, Naomi. begins to talk to Alan and they become friends. But this is a World War II story, can it po ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I stumbled across this book and was prepared to "weed" it from my collection. After reading the back cover, however, I decided to read it and then make my decision. I have read a lot of Holocaust literature over the years and this is one I would hesitate to recommend. The storyline was way too slow to evolve and then the ending was too abrupt and unresolved. I won't b weeding it but cannot see myself recommending it, either. Really on the fence with this one.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favourite children's book. I've re-read it a few times already and am sure I will some more. The - at first forced - friendship between Alan and Naomi is described so well and then they really become good friends and he can make Naomi laugh again after all the horrors she has witnessed being a Jew in Europe in WW2. And then the end. Heart breaking! Every time I read it, I cry and cry!
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I had to read it for school so first I didnt like it. but then I read more about Naomi and Alan and they were so cute and then I started liking this book. I really did. It was so cute and heartbreaking but it also showed what can happen to a little kid seeing their parents (dad) dying.

For a quick and lovely and heartbreaking read I can really recommend this book!
Jordi Polo Carres
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
En teoria un libro para niños de 9 a 11 años pero que es interesante tambien para adultos. Una historia de una refujiada y el niño que la ayuda. Los personajes estan muy bien hechos y todo ocurre muy naturalmente. El niño tiene 12 años y empieza a ser abiertamente rebelde con sus padres por ejemplo que es mas o menos la edad.
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