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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 228
Themes: Holocaust, Judaica, Second World War
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2009
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Guardian Angel House was a convent operated by the Sisters of Charity in Budapest that sheltered Jewish children during WWII; among them were author Kathy Clark’s mother and aunt.

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."
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."
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.
This book is based on the author's aunt's true story, but it never feels like a biography. Readers identify quickly with Susan, an adolescent who doubts herself but who finds purpose and unexpected friendships in a time of strife. A gripping story unfolds as readers marvel with Susan at the life the nuns lead, feel her joy in finding ways to contribute, and share her sorrow as life is turned upside down. Although the horror of the Nazi reign is not the book's focus, readers experience the atrocities from the young girl's point of view. The truth is not sugarcoated, nor is it graphically stated, striking a perfect balance. Clark does the true story justice in this well-written account of one family's struggle through Holocaust.


The Red Maple Award for Non-Fiction, The Ontario Library Association's Forest of  | 2011 | Short-listed
2010 Bank Street College of Education's "The Best Children's Books of the Year"   | 2010 | Commended
Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens" - Fall 2010  | 2010 | Commended

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