For Laura's Bat Mitzvah, her rabbi gives her the journal of Sara Gittler, a Holocaust prisoner who never got to celebrate her coming of age. Laura researchs Sara's life and shares her Bat Mitzvah with her "twin" at the ceremony.
The author beautifully melds historical events with the contemporary issues Laura is facing...This story of history, faith, and hope belongs in every public and Judaic library and would be a welcomed addition to any Holocaust curriculum. Highly recommended.
Kacer does provide an interesting, highly readable story of life in the Warsaw ghetto complete with historical photographs.
The diary entries are vividly written and readers will be drawn into the account just as Laura is.
Kacer gives young readers a gentle avenue into a traumatic, difficult past they need to know about.