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Maurice and His Dictionary: A True Story



by
Cary Fagan
illustrated by
Enzo Lord Mariano

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Owlkids
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781771473231
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Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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This is the story of one refugee family’s harrowing journey, based on author Cary Fagan’s own family history. The graphic novel follows a young Jewish boy, Maurice, and his family as they flee their home in Belgium during the Second World War. They travel by train to Paris, through Spain to Portugal, and finally across the ocean to Jamaica, where they settle in an internment camp.

All the while, Maurice is intent on continuing his education and growing up to be a lawyer. He overcomes obstacles to find a professor to study with, works toward a high school diploma while in the camp, and is ultimately accepted to university in Canada. His English dictionary becomes a beloved tool and beacon of hope through the danger and turmoil of the family’s migration.

Moments of lightness and humor balance the darkness in this powerful story of one refugee family’s courage and resilience, and of the dictionary that came to represent their freedom.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

B

AR

3.3: points 0.5

Lexile

GN450L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2020

Book Genres

Nonfic

Topics

Maurice Fagan (1928–2017). World War II (1939–1945). Jewish Holocaust survivors. Belgium. Europe. Jewish refugees. Jamaica. Refugee camps. Education. Dictionaries. Family treasures. Lawyers. Canada.

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