Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev
(Mildred L Batchelder Honor Book (Awards))

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“'Srulik, there’s no time. I want you to remember what I’m going to tell you. You have to stay alive. You have to! Get someone to teach you how to act like a Christian, how to cross yourself and pray. . . . The most important thing, Srulik,' he said, talking fast, 'is to forget your name. Wipe it from your memory. . . . But even if you forget everything—even if you forget me and Mama—never forget that you’re a Jew.'"

And so, at only eight years old, Srulik Frydman says goodbye to his father for the last time and becomes Jurek Staniak, an orphan on the run in the Polish countryside at the height of the Holocaust. With the danger of capture by German soldiers ever-present, Jurek must fight against starvation, the punishing Polish winters, and widespread anti-Semitism as he desperately searches for refuge. Told with the unflinching honesty and unique perspective of such a young child, Run, Boy, Run is the extraordinary account of one boy’s struggle to stay alive in the face of almost insurmountable odds—a story all the more incredible because it is true.
 

About Uri Orlev

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Uri Orlev was born in Warsaw in 1931. In 1996, Uri Orlev received the the highest international recognition given to an author of children's books. He now lives in Jerusalem.
 
Published October 29, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 197 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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As declarative sentence leads to declarative sentence, the story marches to its conclusion, Srulik/Jurek’s ultimate inability to sort out his own fact from the fiction he has been living speaking quiet volumes.

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Later, when Srulik's arm is mangled on the job, a Polish doctor refuses to operate because Srulik is a Jew, and Srulik's arm must eventually be amputated.

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