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The old brown suitcase : a teenager's story of war and peace

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The old brown suitcase : a teenager's story of war and peace
Call No: YA FIC BORo 2008

Call NumberYA FIC BORo 2008
Dates©2008
Statement of ResponsibilityLillian Boraks-Nemetz.
Creators & ContributorsBoraks-Nemetz, Lillian (author)
Krell, Robert (contributor)
SummaryThe Old Brown Suitcase tells the story of "a young girl who survived the Holocaust against all odds. When fourteen-year-old Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, dark shadows haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. She cannot forget her extraordinary escape from the Ghetto when she walked alone through the gate while the guards were looking the other way. Nor can she forget disappearing into a strange and unknown place to survive under a hidden identity. The story juxtaposes heart-wrenching scenes from a child's life in war-torn Poland with the life of a teenager trying to adjust to a new country in time of peace. In Canada, it is not easy for Slava to build a bridge between two cultures; nor is it easy to live with the turmoil of her immediate past. At the same time she must face the new challenges involved in being an immigrant, a Jew and a teenage girl." —Back cover
Physical Description xi, 202 pages ; 20 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherVancouver : Ronsdale Press
Edition2nd ed.
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]–202)
  • Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize (BC Book Prizes), 1995; Canadian Jewish Book Award, 1995; Rachel Bassin Prize, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, 1995
  • Foreword by Robert Krell
  • Sequel: The Sunflower Diary
AudiencePublisher recommendation: Ages 9–12
RecognitionGifted in 2009 by Elizabeth Shaffer