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Hidden on the Mountain by Deborah Durland DeSaix
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it was amazing

Hidden on the Mountain tells the stories of various Jewish children that sheltered from Nazis in Le Chambon, a former Huegonot refuge in southern France. The book provides several maps and a timeline of events in World War II and follows with two chapters of background information on the War and France's role in it. Then, it introduces Le Chambon, the focus of the text, and provides insight into the lives of the children who sheltered there through letters and diary excerpts. The chapters alternate between those written from the perspective of the children and more objective chapters on the various other players involved in this haven. There are historical images of the people, places and documents that illuminate each chapter. It finally ends with a reflection on what happened to Le Chambon after WWII.

This book finds a niche in informative texts by providing new information and a new perspective on a well-known and highly written about topic: the Holocaust. While the book itself is thick and dense with material, the writing is simple enough that children from grades 5-7 would be able to read and understand it. This would be a great supplement to a unit on WWII and the Holocaust. There are enough first hand accounts that you might have each student or a small group of students read one chapter. I think they would enjoy hearing about the experiences of children in particular.
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March 6, 2013 – Shelved

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