The Key Is Lost by Ida Vos

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What would it be like to lose your home, your family, and even your name?

Eva and Lisa Zilverstijn find out. When they go into hiding from the Nazis during World War II, they lose everything but each other.

As they move from attic to attic, Eva and Lisa must rely on their courage, their imaginations, and the compassion of strangers to survive.

Based on the author's own experiences in Wartime Holland, The Key Is Lost is a moving, understated story about the will to live and how two girls triumph against tremendous odds.

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About Ida Vos

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Geert Spillebeen lives in Izegem, Belgium, where he is a journalist and radio presenter. This is his first novel published in the United States.
Published May 3, 2000 by HarperCollins. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The people who hide them are ordinary citizens who have no special feelings one way or the other about Jews, but will “do whatever it takes to go against those Nazis.” The girls are separated from their parents soon after they begin to hide, and they won’t know what happened to them until the war...

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As in her previous works (Hide and Seek; Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon), Vos bases this revelatory series of vignettes on her experiences as a Jewish child in Holland during WWII. This time her pro

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