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Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld
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Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld
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Apr 25, 2017 | ISBN 9781609807443

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“Deeply moving and powerful: unforgettable.” Kirkus Reviews

“A fine addition to elementary and middle school libraries looking for tender friendship and survival stories set during the second World War.” School Library Journal

Adam and Thomas is at once a finely wrought fable and a realistic tale of survival—a tale of resourcefulness, of friendship, of the kindness of strangers, of the mysterious ways of fate.  It’s a book that shows us how sheer will and hope can sustain life in the direst of circumstances.  It’s a book that teaches us to marvel at simple miracles: a piece of bread, a sip of milk, the sight of a familiar dog.  Most of all it’s a story of generosity, one that suggests that the act of giving may be as necessary to our survival as food or drink.  Thank you, Mr. Appelfeld, for the gift of this magical book.” —Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge

“Aharon Appelfeld is a living legend, an artistic giant who has distilled his personal experience of absolute evil into a pure and powerful art.” —Dara Horn, author of The World to Come and A Guide for the Perplexed

“A real masterpiece … The best book of the year.” Lire

“The story is one of quiet perseverance and growing friendship between two very different boys experiencing the world together in a horrific time and place.” —Booklist

“Aharon Appelfield’s first book for children has the beauty of a classic tale, the woods/forest referring to the origins of the species and man. The adventure is enthralling, the words simple, the drawings by Philippe Dumans deeply touching. The questions, immense.” Telerama Enfants

“All the talent of Aharon Appelfeld is here in his way of tackling, in a calm and fragile voice, the great themes of our existence—what is love?, what is hate?, what is courage?—without our wishing for a second to close the book. Whether one is a child or not.” Le Soir

“Aharon Appelfield chose to use his personal experience as inspiration (as a child he escaped from a concentration camp and survived a few months in a forest, after his mother was assassinated by the Nazis) without treating that experience in an overly dramatic way, and instead tells a tale in a simple and accessible style. A touching and captivating tale that will be appreciated by young readers and adults.” Lecture

A mind-blowing novel.” L’independent

“A deeply moving tale that the delicate drawings by Philippe Dumas powerfully illustrate.” La revue des livres pour enfants


Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries WINNER 2016

National Jewish Book Awards FINALIST 2016

Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book HONOR 2016

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