Is It Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman

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It’s 1938, and twelve-year-old Edith is about to move from the tiny German village she’s lived in all her life to a place that seems as foreign as the moon: Chicago, Illinois. And she will be doing it alone. This dramatic and chilling novel about one girl’s escape from Hitler’s Germany was inspired by the experiences of the author’s mother, one of twelve hundred children rescued by Americans as part of the One Thousand Children project. Is It Night or Day? is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Fern Schumer Chapman

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Fern Schumer Chapman is the author of Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Daughter’s Journey to Reclaim the Past, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She lives in northern Illinois.  
 
Published March 16, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most Holocaust stories for children focus on the inhumanity that took place in European countries;

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There are as well as pro-and-con considerations for debate questions (misnamed “Case Studies”) like what to do about classroom bullying or “What programs should a public school offer immigrants who do not speak English?” Sprays of stars in the art key short comments and, on occasion, a fading fig...

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Chapman, who wrote about her family's Holocaust ordeal in the adult book Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust , assumes the voice of her mother, Edith, who at age 12 is sent by her Jewish parents from increasingly anti-Semitic Germany to live in America with relatives.

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