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Chance: Escape from the Holocaust

By: Uri Shulevitz

The first middle-grade book from a picture book master—a harrowing, heartrending, illustrated account of his childhood escape from the terrors of war.

From a beloved voice in children’s literature comes this landmark memoir of hope amid harrowing times and an engaging and unusual Holocaust-related story. With backlist sales of over 2.3 million copies, one of FSG BYR’s most acclaimed picture-book creators details the eight-year odyssey of how he and his Jewish family escaped the terrors of the Nazis by fleeing Warsaw for the Soviet Union. It was during those years, with threats at every turn, that the young Uri experienced his awakening as an artist, an experience that played a key role during this difficult time. By turns dreamlike and nightmarish, this heavily illustrated account of determination, courage, family loyalty, and the luck of coincidence is a true publishing event.

Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9780374313715

JLG Release: Nov 2020

Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Religious, Language: Mild Language, Language: Infrequent Use
Topics: Uri Shulevitz (1935– ) , Childhood and youth , Jewish children in the Holocaust , Poland , Jewish Holocaust (1939–1945) , Personal narratives , Ethnic relations in Poland , Drawing , Artistic development

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November 2020



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9" x 7"

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Hardcover edition


Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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Discrimination: Religious, Language: Mild Language, Language: Infrequent Use


Uri Shulevitz (1935– ), Childhood and youth, Jewish children in the Holocaust, Poland, Jewish Holocaust (1939–1945), Personal narratives, Ethnic relations in Poland, Drawing, Artistic development,

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