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Is It Night or Day?

By: Fern Schumer Chapman

1938: Edith, a twelve-year-old German Jew, is heartbroken when her parents send her to live in America to protect her. Sharing a Chicago apartment with her uncle Jack, aunt Mildred, and cousin Dorothy, Edith is treated like a servant. She's barely allowed out of the house except for school, where kids tease her. But much worse than all this is Edith's growing awareness that she and her parents will likely never be reunited. Based on true events. Afterword.

ISBN: 9780374177447

JLG Release: Jun 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Nazi Germany , Jewish heritage , Friendship , Family , Immigration , Refugees , Bullies , Hank Greenberg (1911-1986) , The Holocaust , World War II , Concentration camps , Death , Survivor's guilt , Chicago, Illinois

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Awards & Honors

2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Historical Fiction, ages 9-12; Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Horn Book

In 1938, Edith's parents send her to Chicago with other German Jewish children. Her aunt treats her like a servant, and the immigration office registers her as an enemy alien. Her parents' concentration camp deaths push Edith to make a life for herself in America. Though somewhat didactic, Edith's story offers insight into America's One Thousand Ch In 1938, Edith's parents send her to Chicago with other German Jewish children. Her aunt treats her like a servant, and the immigration office registers her as an enemy alien. Her parents' concentration camp deaths push Edith to make a life for herself in America. Though somewhat didactic, Edith's story offers insight into America's One Thousand Children rescue project.

Junior Library Guild


• World War II and Holocaust stories like Edith’s are scarce in children’s literature; unlike many European Jews, she manages to flee her homeland and become an American immigrant. Readers will be intrigued by Edith’s unique perspective.
• A powerful and moving story. It is easy to relate to Edith and her emotional struggles, su

• World War II and Holocaust stories like Edith’s are scarce in children’s literature; unlike many European Jews, she manages to flee her homeland and become an American immigrant. Readers will be intrigued by Edith’s unique perspective.
• A powerful and moving story. It is easy to relate to Edith and her emotional struggles, such as her devastation when a friend from her passage to America later rejects her because he now considers himself an American and denounces any associations with “the old country.”
• The time period is clearly rendered, with evocative descriptions and telling details about topics including race relations, popular music, fashions, and the cost of living.

Book Details

ISBN

9780374177447

First Release

June 2010

Genre

Historical fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2 " x 8 1/4"

Page Count

192

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Nazi Germany, Jewish heritage, Friendship, Family, Immigration, Refugees, Bullies, Hank Greenberg (1911-1986), The Holocaust, World War II, Concentration camps, Death, Survivor's guilt, Chicago, Illinois,

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