Good Night, Maman by Norma Mazer
(Harper Trophy Books)

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Dearest Maman,
I keep all my letters to you in my notebook under my pillow. One day, when we're together again, I'll give them to you, and we'll sit and read them....

In June 1940, twelve-year-old Karin Levi's world is torn apart as the German army occupies Paris. Karin, her older brother, Marc, and their maman must flee, seeking safety wherever they can find it. But Maman falls ill and is unable to travel, forcing Karin and Marc to leave her behind. When Marc manages to obtain two coveted places aboard a ship bound for America, the distance between them grows even greater. Will Karin ever see her beloved maman again?

 

About Norma Mazer

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NORMA FOX MAZER is an award-winning novelist and a faculty member in the well-respected Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. Her books have received a Newbery Honor, the Christopher Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, a National Book Award nomination, and other prestigious honors. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Harcourt. 185 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mazer skillfully paints Karin as brave and independent, yet depicts her devotion to Maman throughout, writing unsent letters and never losing sight of her belief that one day they will be reunited.

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This story of a WWII French-Jewish refugee suggests the grimness of the era without becoming too formidable for young readers to ingest. Indicating, but not dwelling upon her heroine's suffering, Maze

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When Pamela and Em are forced to flee from their run-down trailer, they move to the city where life remains grim for 14-year-old Em.

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This story of a WWII French-Jewish refugee suggests the grimness of the era without becoming too formidable for young readers to ingest.

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"This story of a 12-year-old WWII French-Jewish refugee suggests the grimness of the era without becoming too formidable for young readers to ingest," said PW.

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