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Nessya’s grandmother, Miri Eneman Malz, has friends, a loving family—and a secret: she is a Holocaust survivor. When twelve-year-old Nessya learns the truth, she wants to know what happened. After decades of silence, Grandma Miri decides it’s time to tell her story. It all begins one terrible day in the spring of 1944, when Germany crosses Hungary’s border and soldiers arri Nessya’s grandmother, Miri Eneman Malz, has friends, a loving family—and a secret: she is a Holocaust survivor. When twelve-year-old Nessya learns the truth, she wants to know what happened. After decades of silence, Grandma Miri decides it’s time to tell her story. It all begins one terrible day in the spring of 1944, when Germany crosses Hungary’s border and soldiers arrive in Miri’s hometown of Munkács. Suddenly, the Jews are trapped and in danger. Surrounded by war and unimaginable hatred, the family makes a daring escape. But that is only the beginning, and over the course of the year new threats continually confront them. Incredibly, despite numerous close calls, they defy the odds and live. Based upon actual memoirs, this is the story of the Eneman family . . . of their remarkable ingenuity, astonishing luck, boundless courage, and unending love.


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Nessya’s grandmother, Miri Eneman Malz, has friends, a loving family—and a secret: she is a Holocaust survivor. When twelve-year-old Nessya learns the truth, she wants to know what happened. After decades of silence, Grandma Miri decides it’s time to tell her story. It all begins one terrible day in the spring of 1944, when Germany crosses Hungary’s border and soldiers arri Nessya’s grandmother, Miri Eneman Malz, has friends, a loving family—and a secret: she is a Holocaust survivor. When twelve-year-old Nessya learns the truth, she wants to know what happened. After decades of silence, Grandma Miri decides it’s time to tell her story. It all begins one terrible day in the spring of 1944, when Germany crosses Hungary’s border and soldiers arrive in Miri’s hometown of Munkács. Suddenly, the Jews are trapped and in danger. Surrounded by war and unimaginable hatred, the family makes a daring escape. But that is only the beginning, and over the course of the year new threats continually confront them. Incredibly, despite numerous close calls, they defy the odds and live. Based upon actual memoirs, this is the story of the Eneman family . . . of their remarkable ingenuity, astonishing luck, boundless courage, and unending love.

30 review for Escape in Time: Miri's Riveting Tale of Her Family's Survival During World War II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I just finished Escape in Time by Ronit Lowenstein-Malz. It is the story of Miri Eneman Malz’ experiences with her family during World War II. Her granddaughter is curious about her experiences. Her grandmother writes out the story with the aid of diaries and family letters. Nessya (the granddaughter) reads the accounts and cannot believe what her Grandmother went through during the war. Miri was living in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia in 1944. The city then became a part of Hungary during the war. Je I just finished Escape in Time by Ronit Lowenstein-Malz. It is the story of Miri Eneman Malz’ experiences with her family during World War II. Her granddaughter is curious about her experiences. Her grandmother writes out the story with the aid of diaries and family letters. Nessya (the granddaughter) reads the accounts and cannot believe what her Grandmother went through during the war. Miri was living in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia in 1944. The city then became a part of Hungary during the war. Jews were rounded up by the Germans and forced to live in Ghettos (a fenced in area) where families lived four or more families per apartment. The Eneman family did everything possible to stay alive, together, and out of the camps. I give Escape in Time 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a good story and nicely written (lovely illustrations). It provides a different point of view from other books on this topic. The target audience for Escape in Time would be children who are middle school age. The book is written in a style that is easy to understand, but the topic is for older children (tweens). I received a complimentary copy of this novel from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angie Fehl

    POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: This novel does touch upon the topic of suicide. Nessya is twelve years old when her Hungarian grandmother, Miri, reluctantly begins to share the darkest details of her Holocaust experience. Miri decides to write it all down, as she feels it will be easier to get the story out that way than if she were to speak the memories aloud. Through Miri's story, the reader is given specific details on how individuals and families were treated within the concentration camps. Such POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: This novel does touch upon the topic of suicide. Nessya is twelve years old when her Hungarian grandmother, Miri, reluctantly begins to share the darkest details of her Holocaust experience. Miri decides to write it all down, as she feels it will be easier to get the story out that way than if she were to speak the memories aloud. Through Miri's story, the reader is given specific details on how individuals and families were treated within the concentration camps. Such details covered: > Mandatory curfews within Jewish communities prior to residents being forced to move to the camps; also business licenses of Jewish owners being revoked, removing the business owners' ability to provide for their families. There are descriptions within this book of some families being forced to cut up a dead horse to keep from starving to death themselves. > Families were driven out of nice, clean communities into cramped, dirty ghettos. Miri's family was living with 4 other families in a one bedroom apartment in one such ghetto! > While still residing in their towns, Jewish residents were forced to wear circular yellow patches signifying that they were Jewish. These were the precursors to the yellow stars Jewish people were forced to wear in the camps. > Miri describes the children in her village learning how to speak in code from an early age, as well as learning to decifer coded letters from family during the war. In her story, she explains that there was a false sense of security that came with being educated and behaving cooperatively with the Nazi soldiers. You never knew who they were going to turn on. Miri's own father, Apu (aka Naftuli), was considered a doomsday-ish worrywart type with his gloomy prophecies about the Nazis, until his predictions started coming true. Miri's tale also gives reader an idea of the lengths Jewish citizens had to go to to escape German capture: the complex escape plots; creating fake transportation / documentation papers, relocating and living under new names altogether; families sometimes forced to split up (maybe forever) as a matter of survival. As Nessya reads of the tension, anxiety and uncertainty swirling around her grandmother's fate, the reader feels Nessya's emotions right along with her. The author also works in an important idea at this point: It's easy to judge the past actions of our relatives / ancestors (and possibly how those choices affected later behavior) from the comfort of present day. Lowenstein-Malz illustrates this nicely with the description of Nessya reading her grandmother's words and feeling utterly heartbroken for her... but Nessya is reading these words sitting outside in the sun with a nice glass of iced tea and a plate of cookies. This novel has a bit of a slow beginning, and while the book in its entirety is very short (less than 200 pages), there were passages that dragged a bit, sometimes reading more like a textbook than a novel. But the story does pick up and soon enough you are very much in Miri's world getting quite the education on this time period. The storytelling is enhanced by lovely pencil sketch illustrations done by Laurie McGaw. Translated from the original Hebrew by Leora Frankel, this novel was first published in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2006 under the title A Miracle of Love. In 2008, it was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize for Children's Holocaust Literature. The English translation provides a handy pronunciation guide for the some of the Hebrew vocabulary and Jewish cities mentioned throughout the novel, but there were a few lines here and there where the English grammar still seemed just slightly off. FTC Disclaimer: MB Publishing kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Told as a story within a story, 12 year old Nessya has learned that her grandmother, Miri, is a Holocaust survivor, and when she asked about it, her grandmother wrote down the story for Nessya to read. Miri tells her family's story of escaping from Czechoslovakia, just in the nick of time before the Jews there were sent to concentration camps. She tells how they had to use false papers and how they moved to Hungary. They tried to warn other Jews about what was happening, but they refused to list Told as a story within a story, 12 year old Nessya has learned that her grandmother, Miri, is a Holocaust survivor, and when she asked about it, her grandmother wrote down the story for Nessya to read. Miri tells her family's story of escaping from Czechoslovakia, just in the nick of time before the Jews there were sent to concentration camps. She tells how they had to use false papers and how they moved to Hungary. They tried to warn other Jews about what was happening, but they refused to listen until it was too late. Nessya shares her feelings about her grandmother's bravery during that time. I think this book is a well told story about the Holocaust that is appropriate for middle school age children. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    Living a comfortable life in Tel Aviv, Nessya, 12, is stunned to hear that her grandmother, Miri Malz, has been invited to speak at her school's Holocaust Remembrance Day program. Nessya has never heard her happy, smiling grandmother speak being a Holocaust survivor, and besides, she doesn't even have at tattoo AND she has her family's old photo albums - items always destroyed by the Nazis. When Nessya and her friend Rachel cook up a scheme to get into Grandma Miri's apartment to search for evid Living a comfortable life in Tel Aviv, Nessya, 12, is stunned to hear that her grandmother, Miri Malz, has been invited to speak at her school's Holocaust Remembrance Day program. Nessya has never heard her happy, smiling grandmother speak being a Holocaust survivor, and besides, she doesn't even have at tattoo AND she has her family's old photo albums - items always destroyed by the Nazis. When Nessya and her friend Rachel cook up a scheme to get into Grandma Miri's apartment to search for evidence while she is out to look for clues, the plan backfires. But, is Grandma Miri really a survivor? For almost two weeks, Grandma Miri keeps to herself, seeing no one but her husband. When she finally does come to visit, she takes Nessya aside and begins to talk to her about her past. Living in Munkács, Czechoslovakia, Miri Eneman was part of a large, loving family and life was pretty peaceful. The family thought they were Hungarian and pretty safe from the Nazis, until one night in the spring of 1944 it all changed with a knocking on their door. The family was being rounded up. That night, Miri's father escaped out the back window, leaving everyone to think he had run off and deserted his family. But in reality, that was just the beginning of his fight for their survival. When she leaves, Grandma Miri gives Nessya a packet of letters written by her family members and tucked into their diaries, all of which her grandmother had spent two weeks translating for her granddaughter and including her own memories of her family during the Holocaust. The story of her family's survival is her gift to Nessya for her upcoming bat mitzvah. Miri's story is riveting. The Eneman family is often on the run after escaping the Munkács Ghetto, in hiding and living in fear, separated from other family members and never knowing what is happening to them. All the while, Miri's father manages to anticipate what to do and stay one step ahead of Nazi actions, even hiding in plain sight in Budapest. At one point, they find themselves living in and caring for a grand apartment after the owner flees to Switzerland. Here, they lived across the street from the virulent anti-Semitic Hungarian pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party's headquarters and under the nose to an equally anti-Semitic concierge. But can their collective luck whole out until the end of the war? Escape in Time is a truly apt name for this novel about one Jewish family's survival during the Holocaust. It is a story of courage, daring, luck and survival doing whatever needs to be done. Lowenstein-Malz based this story on actual memoirs giving it a real sense of authenticity. The book is written in such a way that the reader reads Miri's story right along with Nessya, but there are occasional breaks where we see her reaction to what she is reading (don't be surprised if your reactions are similar to hers). There aren't many good middle grade books about the fate of Hungarian Jews in WWII so this is a welcome additon to the body of Holocaust literature. For so long, they, like the Eneman family, thought they were safe, but it was just a question of time and politics and it all changed. It is one of the reasons that I found myself so drawn into Miri's memories, and her family's letters and diary entries. This is a slightly different Holocaust story in that, interestingly, no one in Grandma Miri's immediate family spends any time in a concentration camp, though extended family were sent there from the ghetto in 1944. Young readers will not only meet this courageous family, but they will also meet some really good people willing to help the Enemen family as well as some really hateful people who would turn them in in the blink of an eye. Escape in Time was originally written in Hebrew and I found the translation to be a very smooth one. Having done some translating myself, I know it is often hard to get together all the elements that make a book great, but that wasn't a problem here. Throughout this novel, there are realistic sepia-toned portrait illustrations that enhance the narration about the Eneman family. Escape in Time is a well-written book with well drawn, realistic characters for young readers interested in the Holocaust or historical fiction, and since it is a story of survival against great odds, don't be surprised if you shed a few tears along with Nessya. I did. This book is recommended for readers age 9+ This was an EARC recieved from Net Galley This review was originally posted at The Children's War

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Leora Frankel translated this novel from the Hebrew and Laurie McGaw added fine duotone illustrations throughout, so it's evident that Escape in Time, Miri's Riveting Tale of Her Family's Survival During World War II is not a singular endeavor, but a long cooperative effort to bring this story to English audiences. And, as young readers ages 12 and older will discover, it's one well worth reading. Miri Malz was in the Holocaust, and a survivor, and is now a cheerful grandmother who has kept the Leora Frankel translated this novel from the Hebrew and Laurie McGaw added fine duotone illustrations throughout, so it's evident that Escape in Time, Miri's Riveting Tale of Her Family's Survival During World War II is not a singular endeavor, but a long cooperative effort to bring this story to English audiences. And, as young readers ages 12 and older will discover, it's one well worth reading. Miri Malz was in the Holocaust, and a survivor, and is now a cheerful grandmother who has kept the secret of her past from her grandchild. But when Nessya overhears school officials talking about inviting her grandmother to speak as a Holocaust survivor, a whole hidden world opens up - and when she confronts her grandmother, the answers she receives are difficult and strain their relationship. One might wonder at the need for yet another YA read about a Holocaust survivor - but given the unprecedented nature of genocide and its lasting aftermath, it would seem that new stories should appear every few years as fresh reminders of the lasting impact of events, lest future generations forget, or the classic, widely-distributed writings of such as Anne Frank become overly familiar. A packet of wartime letters, a young girl's curiosity about her heritage, a grandmother's experiences of ghetto routines, and a child's perspective of the war are supplemented by the gorgeous works of Laurie McGaw throughout (it cannot be emphasized too much that these images are realistic, lovely, and striking embellishments to the story line). More so than most Holocaust accounts, this presentation examines the concepts of anti-Semitism from a preteen's perspective as she learns about the past's effects on her present world and family's future; and it draws important connections between family relationships and world politics, exposing an atmosphere where even a relationship with a doorman can become important. In the end, that's what makes Escape in Time such a standout: a blending of the Anne Frank diary format of personal experience with observation of the changing, wider social and political world holds an ability to involve not just characters, but the reader. Escape in Time is truly riveting, is recommended for ages 12 and older, and is especially recommended as a classroom assignment to pair off quite nicely with Anne Frank's classic Diary. There are miracles here for everyone: the miracle of survival, the lasting impact of change, and lessons for the future that make such accounts not just stories but outlines of inhumanity, hope, and survival.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a fantastic book! My husband lived in Hungary for two years as a missionary and I loved talking about the events and places with him. When we think about the Holocaust and WWII, we primarily think about Germany, Poland, England, Austria, etc. Very little is said, and, therefore, generally known, about Hungary, but that country has a very interesting history. I loved learning about each member of the family. N I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a fantastic book! My husband lived in Hungary for two years as a missionary and I loved talking about the events and places with him. When we think about the Holocaust and WWII, we primarily think about Germany, Poland, England, Austria, etc. Very little is said, and, therefore, generally known, about Hungary, but that country has a very interesting history. I loved learning about each member of the family. Naftuli, the father, was such an interesting character. He saw what was brewing and tried to warn others but most people didn't listen to him. I was amazed at his resourcefulness throughout the story. I loved the letters that Hendi, the mother, wrote throughout the book. I felt that it gave great insight into her thoughts and feelings. She didn't always agree with what her husband thought, but she supported him regardless and they were protected because of it. I didn't feel a particular closeness to the daughters Magda and Mara, partly because they were absent during part of the story, but I did like what was included about them. I think my favorite daughter was Kati. I don't like to include any kind of spoilers in my reviews, so I'll just say that her particular experiences were the most interesting to me. Miri, of course, was a great character as well, telling us of their struggles, fears, and successes. I was very touched by her reaction to the sacred prayer shawls being used as skirts by the local girls. I can only imagine how that must have felt for them. I felt that her emotions and reactions to what they lived through were poignant and insightful. I loved Nessya for taking the time to read her grandmother's memoirs and for growing closer to her through that experience. This book was originally written in Hebrew and I am so glad that it has been translated into English. The illustrations were a great addition and I loved the helpful pronunciation guide at the beginning. We've all heard the phrase that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. It is reading about and understanding times like those described in this book that will help us as a society to prevent such things from happening again. This book is geared toward middle grade and young adult readers, but I would recommend it for young and old alike.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    First I wish to say thank you to the author AND Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read this book that I won through Goodreads. I first read some of the other reviews on it only because they were on the Goodreads site. However, after reading this novel written for the school-aged reader, I beg to differ in my conclusions. I liked the book. I liked the style. I liked the different points of view used. Also, I felt that the characters were characterized well enough for this style of writing First I wish to say thank you to the author AND Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read this book that I won through Goodreads. I first read some of the other reviews on it only because they were on the Goodreads site. However, after reading this novel written for the school-aged reader, I beg to differ in my conclusions. I liked the book. I liked the style. I liked the different points of view used. Also, I felt that the characters were characterized well enough for this style of writing -- maybe not abundantly, but the amount of characterization used was fine for the style of writing used. What is the style, you may ask? After the beginning, much of it is in the form of letters and written as journal-type entries. There was no lag in the story with this style, though. I truly enjoyed reading Escape in Time and feel that many youth looking for a new book to read on the Holocaust, will enjoy this book if it is presented to them. It is from the viewpoint of both a young Jewish school girl and then often (through the letters and journal memories) through her grandmother's viewpoint. Different from other Holocaust books, this one is about a Jewish family who many would say was lucky because the whole family survived. However, it wasn't really luck. It was this child's father who saw what was happening and did not ignore it (as so many of the other Jews did, even when getting herded into the Jewish ghettos. He begged many of the Jews in his area to listen to him and get out of the cities before what had happened to others would happen to them. Most took the stance, "It won't happen to me." Well, we know it did. However, this family, though often separated, survived to share their story. And, by the way, this story is written about a family that really did survive this awful time period. Read it! I think you'll like it, too!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    I received this book for free on Net Galley. This did not influence my review or rating in any way. I really enjoyed this book. A couple of years ago, I was pretty much obsessed with historical fiction. I would go into a bookstore and instantly buy anything that was about the Holocaust, WWII or the Civil War. I remember reading about a hundred books that year about the Holocaust alone. I was sort of obsessed... Shortly after that, I picked up Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series, got obsess I received this book for free on Net Galley. This did not influence my review or rating in any way. I really enjoyed this book. A couple of years ago, I was pretty much obsessed with historical fiction. I would go into a bookstore and instantly buy anything that was about the Holocaust, WWII or the Civil War. I remember reading about a hundred books that year about the Holocaust alone. I was sort of obsessed... Shortly after that, I picked up Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series, got obsessed with YA, and that was that. When I saw this book on Net Galley I knew that I HAD to try to get approved for it. Thank goodness I did! This story is from the point of view of a survivor of the Holocaust. The whole story is about her granddaughter reading about what happened to her. I liked how the book lets you read what happened to her grandmother, and then you got to see the granddaughter's reaction and go into her mind to see what's she's thinking or comparing the experiences to. The writing wasn't the best, but that could be because this book was translated from another language, but I'm not sure which one. I love how this book took place originally in Czechoslovakia since you don't see many books about Hitler's reign in that country. It was also kind of interesting to me since some of my ancestors are from there and it made me think about what they might have been doing at that time. I'm not really sure if this is a true story, but it reads like one and I wouldn't be surprised if it was. I found it really interesting and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holocaust or WWII. This book is going to be released April 21st 2015, and I for one am going to go buy it as soon as it comes out! Thanks for reading! ~Bri

  9. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    The author does a great job of introducing the reader to the facts of the Holocaust in this book. She tells an interesting story of a family trying to escape their Jewish village after the father learns of evils that are occurring to the Jews in surrounding villages. The themes are the usual Holocaust themes, the disbelief by the Jewish people that such evil could really exist in the world or that this evil will reach them and their fear that by doing something about it they will only make thing The author does a great job of introducing the reader to the facts of the Holocaust in this book. She tells an interesting story of a family trying to escape their Jewish village after the father learns of evils that are occurring to the Jews in surrounding villages. The themes are the usual Holocaust themes, the disbelief by the Jewish people that such evil could really exist in the world or that this evil will reach them and their fear that by doing something about it they will only make things worse. The father in this book teaches his daughters that they must do something if they want to survive. They must be brave and act. So what makes this book different? The story is told by a little girl who has found her grandmother’s memoirs and old letters that were written to relatives during the Holocaust and by using these to tell her story, she gives the story a very authentic feel to it. (The author actually uses her grandmother’s memoirs while writing this book) The reader is immersed in the life of the Jewish family complete with simple Yiddish terms and antique-looking pictures in my kindle edition that had a historic look about them. This is a great book to introduce a middle- grade reader to the Holocaust. An older teen or one already familiar with the Holocaust and its atrocities will likely be bored by this book. All important facts are given; however, the author does not dwell on anything that would make this book inappropriate for readers 12 years and up I’ll end with a quote from the book, appropriate at this time of year…And so for yet another year, “all we can do is attempt to repair the world with our good deeds.” *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather Lawson

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... ____________________________________________ I've read a lot of stories about World War Two and the Holocaust. It was a particular area of interest to me when I was doing history in school. This story was a haunting tale of one family's amazing survival through that dreadful time. The Eneman family were Jews in Hungary when the Nazi regime came into power and their lives were turned up I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... ____________________________________________ I've read a lot of stories about World War Two and the Holocaust. It was a particular area of interest to me when I was doing history in school. This story was a haunting tale of one family's amazing survival through that dreadful time. The Eneman family were Jews in Hungary when the Nazi regime came into power and their lives were turned upside down. Through reading her grandmother's memoir, Nessya discovers the horrific truth that her grandmother has kept hidden for so many years. I found this story to be utterly entrancing. After reading many accounts of survivors from the war, it still shocks me every time when you read about the brutality of the time, the anti-Semitic ways of the Germans and others... I still can't get my head around it. The Eneman's were an incredibly resourceful family and through the memoir, and some letters that were sent to family members, we, along with Nessya, discover the terrible ordeals that each member had to go through in order to survive. The illustrations are beautifully done. Really striking and capturing the moments described in the story. For anyone who has an interest in true accounts from the war time, an interest in the history from that particular period that isn't set in France, Germany, or the UK... I would definitely recommend this read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tina Pegar

    This is the story of Miri Eneman Malz’ experiences with her family during World War II. Her granddaughter is curious about her experiences so she writes out the story with the aid of diaries and family letters. Nessya (the granddaughter) reads the accounts and learns what her Grandmother went through during that time. This is an interesting way to understand the holocaust's impact on a family. I didn't rank it any higher because it gets a bit long winded in the stories and i find it a little bit This is the story of Miri Eneman Malz’ experiences with her family during World War II. Her granddaughter is curious about her experiences so she writes out the story with the aid of diaries and family letters. Nessya (the granddaughter) reads the accounts and learns what her Grandmother went through during that time. This is an interesting way to understand the holocaust's impact on a family. I didn't rank it any higher because it gets a bit long winded in the stories and i find it a little bit dull although interesting. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Rookey

    Ronit Lowenstein-Malz's novel Escape in Time, translated from Hebrew into English and illustrated by Laurie McGraw, young adult novel is based on real life events surrounding a Jewish-Hungarian family and their struggles during World War II. This wonderful narrative revolves around two main characters, Miri and Nessya. Nessya is a young Jewish girl living in modern day Tel Aviv with an understanding of the Holocaust, but no real connection to it. Miri is her grandmother who lived through the ev Ronit Lowenstein-Malz's novel Escape in Time, translated from Hebrew into English and illustrated by Laurie McGraw, young adult novel is based on real life events surrounding a Jewish-Hungarian family and their struggles during World War II. This wonderful narrative revolves around two main characters, Miri and Nessya. Nessya is a young Jewish girl living in modern day Tel Aviv with an understanding of the Holocaust, but no real connection to it. Miri is her grandmother who lived through the events of World War II as a young girl herself, but has kept this from Nessya. The story unfolds in a vivid and memorable way as Miri's recollections of the war and its horrors are brought to life. Although marketed to young adults, I believe it would be well suited to all ages as young as 12 and up. Young readers today will have no trouble understanding the events and details of Jewish-Hungarian life as Miri explains them to Nessya. Unlike many Holocaust novels, this one gives just enough detail to show what it was like to live through a war without becoming too morbidly gory and giving nightmares making it better suited as a first introduction to the events for young readers. It also shows the fighting spirit of Miri's family and what can be accomplished even in the darkest of times.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    *A digital copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review This is the story of the Eneman family - a family from Czechoslovakia that is trying to outrun the inevitable fate of so many Jews during the Holocaust. Originally written in Hebrew, it has been translated to English; this might contribute to some of the not-quite up to par writing, but it was still very well done, a different tale from what we normally hear. The Eneman family is trying to stay one step-ahe *A digital copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review This is the story of the Eneman family - a family from Czechoslovakia that is trying to outrun the inevitable fate of so many Jews during the Holocaust. Originally written in Hebrew, it has been translated to English; this might contribute to some of the not-quite up to par writing, but it was still very well done, a different tale from what we normally hear. The Eneman family is trying to stay one step-ahead of the Third Reich and their fate as Jews. Thanks to a very innovative thinker for a father, they have managed to not only survive, but mostly stick together. The story is told mostly through memoirs of the grandmother, who was 12 when her story takes place. Interspersed throughout the story are breaks where Nessya, in current times, shows emotions and questions what she is reading through the memoirs. As far as Holocaust books are concerned, this reads young and would be appropriate for those 10 and up. Teens that have been reading about the Holocaust or learning about it in school may be bored, though hearing about a different area of the War and such a different outcome may entice them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Newport Librarians

    *A digital copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review This is the story of the Eneman family - a family from Czechoslovakia that is trying to outrun the inevitable fate of so many Jews during the Holocaust. Originally written in Hebrew, it has been translated to English; this might contribute to some of the not-quite up to par writing, but it was still very well done, a different tale from what we normally hear. The Eneman family is trying to stay one step-ahe *A digital copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review This is the story of the Eneman family - a family from Czechoslovakia that is trying to outrun the inevitable fate of so many Jews during the Holocaust. Originally written in Hebrew, it has been translated to English; this might contribute to some of the not-quite up to par writing, but it was still very well done, a different tale from what we normally hear. The Eneman family is trying to stay one step-ahead of the Third Reich and their fate as Jews. Thanks to a very innovative thinker for a father, they have managed to not only survive, but mostly stick together. The story is told mostly through memoirs of the grandmother, who was 12 when her story takes place. Interspersed throughout the story are breaks where Nessya, in current times, shows emotions and questions what she is reading through the memoirs. As far as Holocaust books are concerned, this reads young and would be appropriate for those 10 and up. Teens that have been reading about the Holocaust or learning about it in school may be bored, though hearing about a different area of the War and such a different outcome may entice them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A n unusual holocaust story told by a grandmother, Miri, to her granddaughter, Nessya. In a written form rather than "speaking" it to her. It is based on Miri's diary and letters that were written at that time. Nessya didn't realize that her grandmother had lived through the holocaust. What makes this story unusual is what Miri's father did that kept them from being captured and sent to the camps. He was a very clever man who was not lured by how the propaganda that the camps were wonderful plac A n unusual holocaust story told by a grandmother, Miri, to her granddaughter, Nessya. In a written form rather than "speaking" it to her. It is based on Miri's diary and letters that were written at that time. Nessya didn't realize that her grandmother had lived through the holocaust. What makes this story unusual is what Miri's father did that kept them from being captured and sent to the camps. He was a very clever man who was not lured by how the propaganda that the camps were wonderful places for the Jews to live in. The author focused on how the family lived and survived in Nazi-occupied Hungary. The story does not go into detail about the atrocities but they are mentioned. It is an important story to read regardless of your age. It is exceptionally well written.. It is distressing yet inspiring novel. Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katy Hill

    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a beautiful and moving piece about a family residing in Hungary during The Holocaust. This work was originally written in Hebrew but I feel that it was translated rather well. There were the occasional Hungarian, German and Yiddish words sprinkled throughout, which I really enjoyed. The illustrations are simple but very beautiful and remind me of antique photographs. Although this book is marketed for young-adults, I I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a beautiful and moving piece about a family residing in Hungary during The Holocaust. This work was originally written in Hebrew but I feel that it was translated rather well. There were the occasional Hungarian, German and Yiddish words sprinkled throughout, which I really enjoyed. The illustrations are simple but very beautiful and remind me of antique photographs. Although this book is marketed for young-adults, I feel that children as young as 11 could enjoy it and read on their own as the language wasn't too difficult nor were the topics very violent or gory. The author managed to convey this painful part of history in such a way that I not only teared up from the pain and sorrow of these events but also from the love that surrounded the entire Eneman family and their perseverance to survive. Thank you NetGalley and MB Publishing, LLC. for giving me the opportunity to read such a moving story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie Williams

    This is a Holocaust novel written by a Jewish author and now being published in the US. In the book Nessya is shocked to find out that her grandmother, Miri, is a Holocaust survivor. Her grandmother has never talked about it before. After some prodding her grandmother decides to tell her story and the book is that retelling. The story is told through a narrative but also interspersed with what are supposed to be letters from different family members to each other. This letters were a way of docu This is a Holocaust novel written by a Jewish author and now being published in the US. In the book Nessya is shocked to find out that her grandmother, Miri, is a Holocaust survivor. Her grandmother has never talked about it before. After some prodding her grandmother decides to tell her story and the book is that retelling. The story is told through a narrative but also interspersed with what are supposed to be letters from different family members to each other. This letters were a way of documenting events but were not actually sent. I thoroughly enjoyed the story itself. The family in the book was able to survive through the use of forges documents and essential hiding in plain sight. What I did not like was the format - I found it hard to follow and know who was telling what.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gena DeBardelaben

    Nessya discovers that her Grandmother is a Holocaust survivor and she is determined to know the whole story. A remarkable tale follows that is all the more amazing because it's true. Stories of the courage and dignity shown by many people during the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust never cease to amaze me. This is an incredible tale of one family's survival during one of the darkest times in human history. Nessya discovers that her Grandmother is a Holocaust survivor and she is determined to know the whole story. A remarkable tale follows that is all the more amazing because it's true. Stories of the courage and dignity shown by many people during the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust never cease to amaze me. This is an incredible tale of one family's survival during one of the darkest times in human history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    This book is written with a view to telling a young girl about her grandmother's history living through the Holocaust. The author chose to have some wonderful pictures included which I think would be appreciated by a young reader (grade 4-6). This was a story that told of the pain and trauma experienced by one family and the difficulty the survivor had in speaking of her experiences. The book is based upon members of the author's family. This book is written with a view to telling a young girl about her grandmother's history living through the Holocaust. The author chose to have some wonderful pictures included which I think would be appreciated by a young reader (grade 4-6). This was a story that told of the pain and trauma experienced by one family and the difficulty the survivor had in speaking of her experiences. The book is based upon members of the author's family.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    I entered to win this book from goodreads.com, not realizing that it was a YA book. Nevertheless, I won it, and found it a perfect read for Tisha B'Av afternoon. A first person narrative, interspersed with letters and diary entries, telling the story of one family's survival through the Holocaust. I entered to win this book from goodreads.com, not realizing that it was a YA book. Nevertheless, I won it, and found it a perfect read for Tisha B'Av afternoon. A first person narrative, interspersed with letters and diary entries, telling the story of one family's survival through the Holocaust.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aletha Pagett

    This was a wonderful and engaging young adult novel about a Jewish family's determination to maintain not only their lives but their unity. The characters jumped straight into my heart and each one became my friend. The illustrations are fantastic and brought the story to life. This book was received through Goodreads. This was a wonderful and engaging young adult novel about a Jewish family's determination to maintain not only their lives but their unity. The characters jumped straight into my heart and each one became my friend. The illustrations are fantastic and brought the story to life. This book was received through Goodreads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    John

    Speak one word, and a myriad of horror springs to mind... holocaust. Pick up a copy of this horrible wonderful tale of a family trying to merely survive one of mankind's darkest hours. Discover the many ordeals faced on a daily basis, by one Jewish family with merely the goal of waking to see another day. What a remarkable story! Speak one word, and a myriad of horror springs to mind... holocaust. Pick up a copy of this horrible wonderful tale of a family trying to merely survive one of mankind's darkest hours. Discover the many ordeals faced on a daily basis, by one Jewish family with merely the goal of waking to see another day. What a remarkable story!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Fabulous true account of a Jewish family's miraculous survival of the Holocaust. I will forever be drawn to WWII stories, especially when they are based on real events. My heart was in my throat, tears in my eyes as I followed the Eneman family through one of the worst events in history. Fabulous true account of a Jewish family's miraculous survival of the Holocaust. I will forever be drawn to WWII stories, especially when they are based on real events. My heart was in my throat, tears in my eyes as I followed the Eneman family through one of the worst events in history.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    This was a very well written and extremely thought provoking book. The subject matter was discussed in terms that is very appropriate for young people and would be a good introduction to the Holocaust. Highly recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Although sad, I liked reading this story of the survival of a Jewish family in Hungry dusting WWII. The illustrations are very sweet & really add to the feel of the story. Thank you for my advance copy, Netgalley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James Lynam

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Cullen

  28. 5 out of 5

    gayle

  29. 5 out of 5

    carolyn a. simpson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Ruse

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