Willy and Max by Amy Littlesugar
A Holocaust Story

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When Max’s dad buys a painting from the window of Willy’s dad’s antique shop, Willy and Max become instant friends.They are just alike, down to their same missing tooth! Even though Max lives in the Jewish quarter, the boys are inseparable—until the Nazis come. They take everything from Max’s family, including the precious painting that began the boys’ friendship.And though they promise to be friends forever,Willy and Max know that something unspeakable is coming between them, and they may never see each other again . . . .

Beautiful and heartbreaking, Willy & Max is the powerful story of two boys separated by circumstance, but held together through generations by a simple painting—and the unbreakable spirit of their friendship.

 

About Amy Littlesugar

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Amy Littlesugarlives in Columbia, Maryland.
 
Published March 16, 2006 by Philomel. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In WWII Antwerp, Christian Willy and Jewish Max become inseparable after Max’s father purchases a painting in the shop owned by Willy’s father, and they vow to be “friends forever.” When the Germans enter Belgium, Max and his family must flee and ask Willy’s father to safeguard the artwork, which...

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Littlesugar (Shake Rag) unwinds the tale through the eyes of one of Will's grandchildren (""The faraway war wasn't far away anymore!"" goes a typical passage), but the conceit is never convincing, and the climax unfortunately feels wooden and excessively literal (""There was a handshake,"" she wr...

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