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publisher: Second Story Press

The Diary of Laura's Twin

by Kathy Kacer

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list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
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published: April 2008
ISBN:9781897187395
publisher: Second Story Press
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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.

About the Author

Kathy Kacer is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. A winner of the Silver Birch, Red Maple, and Jewish Book Awards in Canada and the U.S., Kathy has written unforgettable stories inspired by real events. Her books have been translated around the world.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
9 to 13
Awards
  • Long-listed, William Allen White Children’s Book Award
  • Winner, Olive Branch Book Award
  • Winner, Canadian Jewish Book Award
  • Winner, National Jewish Book Award
Editorial Reviews

Kacer does provide an interesting, highly readable story of life in the Warsaw ghetto complete with historical photographs.

— School Library Journal

The diary entries are vividly written and readers will be drawn into the account just as Laura is.

— Resource Links

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.

— Jewish Book World

Kacer gives young readers a gentle avenue into a traumatic, difficult past they need to know about.

— Toronto Star

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The Diary of Laura’s Twin

Laura is just weeks away from celebrating her Bat Mitzvah. She has prayers to memorize, assignments to finish at school, an outfit to pick out and now Rabbi Gardiner wants her to take part in another project – a twinning project. Laura is to learn about a child who lived during the Holocaust and then honour her memory during her own Bat Mitzvah.

Reluctantly, Laura goes to meet with Mrs. Mandelcorn and is given a diary written by Sara Gittler, a thirteen-and-a- half-year-old girl who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Deeply moved by Sara’s story, Laura learns she must persuade her friend to come forward with information concerning the desecration of a Jewish cemetery.

Kathy Kacer intricately weaves the telling of Sara’s and Laura’s stories together and skillfully brings both characters to life for her readers. Students will easily relate to 12-year-old Laura’s family life, school assignments and peer pressure and be moved by the fear, uncertainty and courage of Sara’s experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto. Interspersed among Sara’s diary sections are photographs depicting the conditions and atrocities that were committed at the time and, although some may be disturbing for younger students, they help to reflect the somber nature of her story. The book also includes real-life twinning stories and short biographies of the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Written for students in the junior/intermediate age group, this book would be a powerful piece to include in Remembrance Day or World War II discussions and a wonderful way to honour the memory of those children who suffered through, were orphaned or died during the Holocaust.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2009. Volume 32 Number 1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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The Diary of Laura’s Twin (Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)

Laura is assigned to read the diary of Sara Gittler, a girl imprisoned by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Sara lost the chance to celebrate her coming of age and Laura is to share her own Bat Mitzvah with her “twin” by speaking about Sara’s life at the event.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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