Title: The Night Crossing The Night Crossing
Author: Karen Ackerman
Pages: 56
Recommended Ages: 7 – 8
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Their only chance for freedom is to leave Austria – can they escape before they are imprisoned?

The Story.

It is 1938, and Clara’s parents have decided that, as Jews, it is no longer safe for them to remain in Austria. They must emigrate, and soon.

But leaving the country is not as simple as buying a train ticket or riding out in a car; Clara and her family must sneak out to avoid being caught by Hitler’s Nazis. This is a very dangerous enterprise, but it is either that or live under tyranny…. If they would be allowed to live.

So they start out into the night, each bring one or two valuable possessions, wondering if they will ever make it to safety. Suspicious people lurk at every step of the way. Will Clara and her family escape to freedom?

Conclusion. The Night Crossing is a sweet story that shows the understanding a child would have had about the conditions prior to WWII. The story is so simple that I have no cautions to offer, and I suggest that it would be a fine addition to any library of children’s books.

Want more WWII books? Try North of DangerSnow Treasure, and When the Soldiers Were Gone.

Review © 2012 Laura Verret

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