Malka by Mirjam Pressler

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When the round-ups start in the Polish village, Malka's mother knows she must get her daughters across the Hungarian border to safety-a place where Jews can live in peace. But escape proves harder than they could have ever imagined. Raw and bleeding feet, bad weather, fear and homesickness fill their nights, until little Malka falls very ill, and must be left behind to be brought across when the threat has passed.

But the threat doesn't pass. Separated from her family, Malka finds herself in a terrifying world full of strangers, starvation, and constant fear of Nazi round-ups. Completely alone, she struggles to stay hidden in alleyways and old cellars, unaware that miles away, a broken-hearted mother is searching frantically for her lost little girl . . .

A shocking and unforgettable story of a child's heroic fight to stay alive during one of the most intense moments in human history.

About Mirjam Pressler

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Pressler is a translator and biographer of Anne Frank
Published June 6, 2003 by Macmillan Children's Books. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although concentration camps are never seen, the trauma of this war is profoundly documented in the shattering reunion between Malka and Hannah, who has dared to re-enter Poland in search of her daughter.

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Alternating between Hannah's and Malka's perspectives, Pressler describes a terrible predicament: just as Hannah, Malka and Malka's teenage sister, Minna, are about to enter Hungary, Malka becomes too ill to travel any further.

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