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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 180
Themes: Holocaust, Judaica, Second World War
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2009
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Momma had always told Susan that there was no safe place for a Jew, especially in German occupied Hungary in 1944. Why then were twelve-year-old Susan and her little sister, Vera, being sent to a convent to be kept safe. Susan and her sister soon discover the true nature of courage, sheltered by a group of nuns who risk their lives to protect them. Based on true events, the Guardian Angel House was the nickname given to a convent operated by the Sisters of Charity in Budapest. The nuns there sheltered over 120 Jewish children during the German invasion of Hungary, including author Kathy Clark's mother and aunt.

Kathy Clark was born in Budapest, Hungary, and moved to Canada as a young girl. She based this book on the true story of her mother and aunt after hearing their amazing story. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her family.

"A gripping story...The truth is not sugar-coated, nor is it graphically stated, stirking a perfect balance. Clark does the true story justice in this well-written account of one family's struggle through Holocaust."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Offers a glimpse of some of the many small but heroic acts of the Holocaust – and an interesting portrait of an institution that reached out across any religious barriers to save the lives of many children."
Canadian Jewish News
"Well told and fast paced. Young readers, especially girls, will admire the characters and find the book suspenseful and easy to understand, yet also very educational."
Children’s Bookwatch
"A moving story with roots in fact, Guardian Angel House is a great way to teach young readers about the Holocaust through fiction."
School Library Journal
"This is a touching and heartwarming tribute to the Righteous Gentiles of the Guardian Angel House and a highly readable, accessible resource to introduce students to the Holocaust."
CM Magazine
"Clark details aspects of their daily life so that children in the target age group will be able to identify with the difficulties and unhappiness the sisters experienced...Guardian Angel House will prove to be a popular book in school libraries and for personal purchases."
"A thoughtful exploration of World War II from a unique perspective...Clark paints an accurate portrait of the young Jewish girls protected by the safe haven that the Catholic convent offered...Both tragic and hopeful, Clark molds non-fiction into an adventurous tale suitable for younger readers."
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"This books serves not only as a reminder of the inhumanity of the holocaust, but also of the strength of will of the survivors of this most horrific period of history...Highly recommended."


Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2009 | Commended
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