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The Cat with the Yellow Star
Coming of Age in Terezin
by Susan Goldman Rubin and Ela Weissberger

Paperback | 40 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 8.99
ISBN: 9780823421541 | 01-15-2015

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: World War II, Holocaust, Judaica, Biography, Courage & Honor, Survival
Recommendations: K, SLJ*

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This is the striking memoir of a young Holocaust survivor’s coming of age in the Terezin concentration camp.

Ela Stein was eight years old when she saw the words “Jews Out!” painted on her front door. She was eleven in February of 1942 when she was sent to the Terezin concentration camp. While there, a children's opera called Brundibar was performed, and Ela was chosen to play the pivotal role of the cat. Full of sorrow, yet persistent in its belief that humans can triumph over evil, this memoir pays tribute to the brave and devoted adults who helped the children of Terezin.

AWARDS & HONORS

ALA Notable Children’s Book
IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People—Selector’s Choice
Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
American Jewish Libraries Notable Book
New York Public Library Children’s Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN

★ "A true and immediate account, rich in detail . . . This finely tuned collaboration weaves together narrative and memories into one cohesive story of trauma, friendship, and survival."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Captures an astonishing Holocaust episode."—Kirkus Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Susan Goldman Rubin is the award-winning author of more than thirty-five books for children. Well known in the field of Holocaust studies, she speaks at conferences, in museums, and at schools and libraries across the country on this topic.

Ela Weissberger was liberated from Terezin in May of 1945. In 1949 she emigrated to Israel and later came to the United States, where she married and raised a family. Today, Ela spends much of her time speaking to audiences of all ages about her Holocaust experiences.

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