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Mazer, Norma Fox
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1999
IL 5-8 RL 5.0
ISBN 0152014683

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Karin's whole world has been turned upside down by World War II.  Just a short while ago she was looking forward to her 10th birthday.  She lived in Paris with her parents, her 12 year old brother and her grandmother.  Then the German soldiers had come to Paris and arrested all the Jews.  Karin's father was arrested and her grandmother died of a heart attack.  Karin and her brother and mother were hiding in an attic afraid of being found out.  When the owner of the house tells them they must leave, they have no choice but to start walking.  They walk during the night and try to find shelter during the day. They are heading south and hope to find safety in Italy.   When Maman falls ill, she tells Karin and Marc to go on without her.  Can Karin and Marc leave their mother?  Can two young children find their way to Italy and the promise of safety?  Read GOOD NIGHT MAMAN to find out.

Booktalk #2

Karin Levi is 12 years old when the Nazis occupy Paris in World War II.  Like other Jews in France, Karin, her older brother Marc, and her mother (her maman) must hide and eventually flee.  Maman becomes very ill and must be left behind when Marc manages to find passage for them on a ship bound for America and safety.  Karin writes letters every day to her maman, telling her about life in America - new customs, new friends, a new school.  But will Karin ever see her maman again?  (Jean Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
                        France -- History -- World War, 1949-1945 -- Fiction
                        Jews -- History


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