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Black Radishes

Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer
Nov 08, 2011 | 240 Pages
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    Nov 08, 2011 | 240 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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    Nov 09, 2010 | 240 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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An excellent recent novel that can introduce readers to a wider world. . . . Meyer builds the tension by using real-life events (detailed in an author’s note) and creates in Gustave a very believable boy who behaves bravely when he must.”–The Horn Book

Meyer shines light on the bravery of Resistance fighters, and her story…[is] a gripping read comparable to Marilyn Sachs’s classic A Pocket Full of Seeds, Carol Matas’s Greater Than Angels, and Norma Fox Mazer’s Good Night, Maman.”-SLJ

“Partly based on Meyer’s father’s experiences, the story derives its credibility from the vivid details….This fine first novel could be read in conjunction with The Good Liar.-Booklist

Meyer builds the tension by using real-life events (detailed in an author’s note), creating in Gustave a very believable boy struggling to learn to cover up his emotions, who behaves bravely when he must.”-Bulletin

This debut novel, loosely based on the author’s father’s experiences,…raises important questions about nationalism, equality and identity and fills a void in Holocaust literature for this age group.”-Kirkus Reviews

“More than an account of Jewish survival in Nazi-occupied France, Black Radishes is an empowering, suspenseful story of a unique young boy with cunning, patience, and courage.“-Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Marcelo in the Real World

A fascinating, deftly gripping tale that reminds readers, young or old, of events we must never forget.”-Zilpha Keatley Snyder, three-time Newbery Honor winner and author of The Eygpt Game

Black Radishes is a vivid and moving story about a Jewish family’s efforts to escape the Nazis, seen though the eyes of a clear-sighted and sensitive young boy. Susan Lynn Meyer manages to capture the reader’s interest from the start and keeps up the suspense until the last pages.”-Annika Thor, winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for A Faraway Island

Black Radishes transforms the past into a gripping story. Gustave’s growing maturity and loss of innocence perfectly mirror the mounting horrors he and his family experience.”-Kit Pearson, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Awake and Dreaming

A Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year

An Instructor Magazine Best Kids’ Historical Fiction Book

A Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read Book

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