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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED! Read in 2000s - About the Holocaust - Girl gets a school assignment about the Holocaust; she doesn't believe it really happened; travels back in time (dreaming) - Young adult [s]

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message 1: by Slumbering Rose (last edited Nov 17, 2008 02:46PM) (new)

Slumbering Rose (SlumberingRose) | 33 comments Again, very sketchy. Any help appreciated.


-- Okay, so the main character is a girl who has to do a school assignment about the Holocaust. I *think* she does some research online and finds a website (forum?) where this man denounces the Holocaust as fake; it never happened, he says. (Probably said it was religious/racist people who made it up to start conflict.) This might be where she starts to doubt it happened. I think she might have also found another site about a girl's true story of the Holocaust and how she survived (not Anne Frank).

-- She falls asleep, and when she wakes up, she is back in the Holocaust time. Her family and friends are all the same, except they have different names; she has a different name too. She knows she's not from that time, and her family and friends think she's crazy or sick (they check for a fever and want her to lie down) or delusional when she calls them by their names and tells them about their future selves. I believe she starts living the life of the girl she read about.

-- I think her father is a professor and they live in an apartment building on some floor other than the first.

-- One day, the police comes in the middle of the night, looking for her father. (He might have been teaching something he wasn't supposed to or planning to escape with his family and some friends, and the police/Nazi's/whatever found out). Or I'm not sure, but the girl may have been staying at her friend's house when she was taken (and thus it was her friend and the friend's family who was taken along with her). Maybe because there was a contagious illness at her house? That could be another book, though, sorry. Both families might have been taken. Maybe it was the friend's family's fault the police found out. O.o

** The family is, I think, sent to this crowded place (auditorium-ish) to await deportation to the camps. The bathrooms are really gross, all overflowing and whatever, and the girl or her sister (or friend) has to go...but finds them too disgusting and I forget if she finally does or doesn't go. ** (That part might have been from another story, though). I think the family sleeps there (might even spend two days), or they at least spend several hours there.

-- I think when she's in camp, she is forced to work at a factory or something, making things for the war. I also think she is with her sister/friend. If it was the friend, I'm almost sure she was mad at her because she blamed her capture on the friend.

Someone's mom might die...or the friend/sister.

I don't remember how she gets free or what happened to her dad and the rest of her family (or friend's family).

In the end of the book, the girl wakes up and is now certain the Holocaust was real. There may be a scene at the mall. I think it may have been Thanksgiving time and some family was coming over.

Maybe someone was named Lucy?

Might have been a female author. Unsure of what the book cover looked like.

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Cathy | 108 comments I haven't read it, but I think this might be The Devil's Arithmetic.

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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments I have read The Devil's Arithmetic and I don't think that's the book, although there are a few commonalities.

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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments The part about coming to look for the father and the gross bathrooms sound like Sarah's Key:


The Devil's Arithmetic parts are the female who may die and the waking up and finding oneself in Nazi occupied Europe as a Jew.

The other parts I don't know.

Slumbering Rose (SlumberingRose) | 33 comments Hmm...I think I may have read Sarah's Key before; it looks/sounds familiar. But I'm pretty sure that's not it.

The Devil's Arithmetic I don't think I've heard of. :\

I think this book isn't all that popular, if at all. I definitely remember the school assignment and the waking up in the past.

I found a book I read around that same time (I think), which I may be confusing this one with. It's called Number the Stars. It has the friend element and escapee aspect. But that one's not it either. I never would've remembered it, though, had it not been for your help (it showed up on the 'people who viewed this also viewed that' thing), so thanks! :)

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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments Rose, I've read Number the Stars too. Well, someone may know it so keep checking this thread.

message 7: by Slumbering Rose (last edited Nov 17, 2008 09:38PM) (new)

Slumbering Rose (SlumberingRose) | 33 comments I think I found it! Anne Frank and Me It sounds very familiar; in fact, I'll have to say I know I read it. Of course, if it is this book, I got some details wrong. :S

Here's a summary:


Nicole Burns, like Anne Frank, is an affluent teenager who would rather flirt than study. She avoids her parents—a father who intellectualizes his feelings and a mother who cannot make it through dinner without closing a real estate deal—and she considers Little Bit, her sister, a pest. Nicole is too busy obsessing about her ideal boyfriend, Jack, on her Web site, Notes from Girl X, to read Anne Frank's diary or watch a television production of Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic, both English assignments. Using the Internet to bone up on Anne Frank, Nicole stumbles upon some "scholarly looking articles" that minimize the severity of the Holocaust, a viewpoint that is reinforced by her father. When Paulette Litzger-Gold, a Holocaust survivor, speaks to the English class, however, Nicole realizes a mysterious connection. While on a Holocaust field trip, a firecracker explosion attributed to the class outcast, Doom, knocks out Nicole and transports her to a different time. She becomes Nicole Bernhardt, a Jew in 1942 Paris. Her principal and her English teacher become her parents in this allegorical world, offering family tradition and guidance not found in her real family. She must help her family survive the camps and trust her friends to help. As Nicole Bernhardt is dying in the gas chamber, Nicole Burns is being revived. Based on Bennett and Gottesman's 1997 play of the same name, this novel modernizes Nicole's story with the addition of the Internet, and the characters of Mrs. Litzger-Gold and Doom help to emphasize the importance of witnessing, remembering, and seeking truth. Shallow and apathetic, Nicole Burns reaches across time in this complex coming-of-age, time-travel novel that manages the many allusion-based plot threads well. As Nicole Bernhardt shares a cattle car with Anne Frank, she identifies with the girl and the story that Nicole Burns dismissed. Nicole Burns returns to her world with a better understanding of how honoring the truth about the past will help to safeguard the future. Young adults who have read Anne Frank's diary and Yolen's time-travel story might find wonderful comparisons and contrasts here and might be motivated to read more about the Holocaust.

I suppose I've read so many books I tend to meld them together. :S I mean, I remembered reading a Holocaust book about a boyfriend betraying the main character, but I didn't think it was this one. It is.

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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments Rose, Thanks. It looks good. I just added it to my to-read shelf.

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rivka | 303 comments Me too!

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Bev (definenormal2351) | 2 comments You have some of the parts right. But, I think what you're trying to describe is the book called Anne Frank and Me. I suggest you reread it. It's an amazing book. I just finished it. It was so overwhelming to me. I just couldn't believe it. I loved the book, and I encourage all to read it. Also, The Devil's Arithmetic is not a bad book either. I had to read it for English, and I loved it. For more book suggestions, just message me. (If you are one of the ones who know how!!! lol). Loved this book. Would read it again and again.

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