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    The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Phillip Hoose
    9781250104236 Paperback YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History Age (years) from 12 - 18 On Sale Date:January 03, 2023 Print Run:40000
    $16.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 450 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Square Fish
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      A Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Winner.

      A true YA account of seven Danish teens who dared to fight the Nazi war machine, from a National Book Award- and Newbery Honor-winning author.

      At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.

      This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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      Phillip Hoose is the author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, a National Book Award winner, a Newbery Honor Book, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, a YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His other books include Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, also a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, a Sibert Honor and Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Winner; and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. Mr. Hoose lives in Portland, Maine.
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      Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year 2015, Long-listed
      Boston Globe - Horn Book Award 2015, Short-listed
      Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor 2016, Commended
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      A Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Winner • A Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Winner A Booklist Editors’ Choice • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Best Teen Book of the Year • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year • A New York Public Library Notable A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2015


      “These teenagers risked all-and lost much . . . This energetic work of nonfiction . . . will cheer the hearts of readers whatever their age.” —The Wall Street Journal

      “An outstanding addition to the WWII canon . . . Hoose brilliantly weaves Pedersen's own words into the larger narrative of Denmark's stormy social and political wartime climate.” —The Horn Book, starred review

      “Often reading like a thriller, this title puts a human face on the often-overlooked Danish Resistance . . . Captivating.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      “Their story is one of bravery in the face of constant danger and of increasingly meaningful acts of sabotage . . . An important and unforgettable book that adds a significant chapter to the history of WWII.” —Booklist, starred review

      “[An] inspiring account.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Hoose tells this largely unknown story with passion and clarity . . . A superbly told, remarkable true story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      “What an edge-of-your-seat narrative it is-and even more compelling for teen readers, who are the same age as the real-life protagonists.” —The Bulletin, starred review

      “A rousing real-life adventure tale.” —Christian Science Monitor

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    But I Live Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust Charlotte Schallié Canada, Miriam Libicki, Gilad Seliktar, Barbara Yelin
    9781487526849 Hardcover HISTORY / Jewish Publication Date:May 31, 2022
    $29.95 CAD 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.9 in | 960 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y New Jewish Press
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      In this powerful book, three graphic novelists tell the stories of Holocaust survivors, bringing their testimonies to life and seamlessly connecting the past with the present.

      An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust.

      David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their parents and hidden by the Dutch resistance in thirteen different places. Through the story of Emmie Arbel, a child survivor of the Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, we see the lifelong trauma inflicted by the Holocaust.

      To complement these hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable visual stories, But I Live includes historical essays, an illustrated postscript from the artists, and personal words from each of the survivors.

      As we urgently approach the post-witness era without living survivors of the Holocaust, these illustrated stories act as a physical embodiment of memory and help to create a new archive for future readers. By turning these testimonies into graphic novels, But I Live aims to teach new generations about racism, antisemitism, human rights, and social justice.

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      Charlotte Schallié is a professor and chair in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria.


      Miriam Libicki holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an award-winning graphic novelist.


      Gilad Seliktar is an acclaimed graphic novelist and children’s book illustrator.


      Barbara Yelin studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2014, Yelin published the award-winning graphic novel Irmina.
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      "The superb, heart-rending book But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust collects the testimonies of four survivors in a graphic narrative format for new generations. It is a powerful and indispensable educational tool not just for high school students, for whom it was designed, but for anyone. Readers can now carry these indelible stories forward."

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    The Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish A History of the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye Barry Trachtenberg
    9781978825451 Hardcover HISTORY / Holocaust Age (years) from 16 - 99, Grade (US) from 11 Publication Date:April 15, 2022
    $46.95 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94 mm | 540 gr | 336 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Rutgers University Press
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      In the early 1930s in Berlin, Germany, a group of leading Eastern European Jewish intellectuals embarked upon a project to transform the lives of millions of Yiddish-speaking Jews around the world. Their goal was to publish a popular and comprehensive Yiddish language encyclopedia of general knowledge that would serve as a bridge to the modern world and as a guide to help its readers navigate their way within it. However, soon after the Algemeyne entsiklopedye (General Encyclopedia) was announced, Hitler’s rise to power forced its editors to flee to Paris. The scope and mission of the project repeatedly changed before its final volumes were published in New York City in 1966.

      The Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish untangles the complicated saga of the Algemeyne entsiklopedye and its editors, who continued to publish volumes and revise the encyclopedia’s mission while their primary audience of Eastern European Jews were facing persecution and genocide under Nazi rule, and then were reestablishing themselves in the first decades after World War II. Historian Barry Trachtenberg reveals how, over the course of the middle decades of the twentieth century, the project sparked tremendous controversy in Jewish cultural and political circles, which debated what the purpose of a Yiddish encyclopedia should be, as well as what knowledge and perspectives it should contain. Nevertheless, this is not only a story about destruction and trauma, but also one of tenacity and continuity, as the encyclopedia’s compilers strove to preserve the heritage of Yiddish culture, to document its near-total extermination in the Holocaust, and to chart its path into the future.
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      Barry Trachtenberg is the Michael H. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His books include The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance and The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917.


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      "One cannot read this work without feeling gratitude toward Trachtenberg for his prodigious research and the clarity of his understanding. One must read it also to understand the audacity of its original self-assigned task and the persistence of those who insisted—even after the destruction, even after multiple exiles and perilous journeys of survival—there was a task that must be completed. Such persistence, such dedication, such determination, and such loyalty to a common task."

      "A fresh contribution to Jewish studies as a whole and Yiddish studies in particular, this work is especially notable for bridging the prewar, World War II, and postwar periods."

      "An excellent vantage point for understanding many things associated with Jewish life in the twentieth century. The scope of research and analysis is very impressive. This is a very useful book!"


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    The Silent Unseen A Novel of World War II Amanda McCrina
    9780374313555 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 12 - 18 On Sale Date:April 05, 2022 Print Run:100000
    $24.99 CAD 5.38 x 8.25 x 1.12 in | 370 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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      A mesmerizing historical novel of suspense and intrigue about a teenage girl who risks everything to save her missing brother.

      Poland, July 1944. Sixteen-year-old Maria is making her way home after years of forced labor in Nazi Germany, only to find her village destroyed and her parents killed in a war between the Polish Resistance and Ukrainian nationalists. To Maria’s shock, the local Resistance unit is commanded by her older brother, Tomek—who she thought was dead. He is now a “Silent Unseen,” a special-operations agent with an audacious plan to resist a new and even more dangerous enemy sweeping in from the East.

      When Tomek disappears, Maria is determined to find him, but the only person who might be able to help is a young Ukrainian prisoner and the last person Maria trusts—even as she feels a growing connection to him that she can’t resist.

      Tightly woven, relentlessly intense, The Silent Unseen depicts an explosive entanglement of loyalty, lies, and love during wartime, from Amanda McCrina, the acclaimed author of Traitor, a debut hailed by Elizabeth Wein as “Alive with detail and vivid with insight . . . a piercing and bittersweet story.”

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      Amanda McCrina was homeschooled through high school and graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in history and political science. For three years, she taught high school English and government at an international school in Madrid, Spain, and is now a bookseller in Franklin, Tennessee. She is the author of Traitor and The Silent Unseen.
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      “McCrina soars in her writing as she depicts this complicated piece of forgotten history. Well researched, accurate, and smartly written, this is a page-turner, weaving together the horrors of war and its psychological consequences beautifully. With a touch of romance thrown in, this suspenseful thriller is . . . a must-buy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      “[A] well-researched, thrilling account of two teens in 1944 Poland . . . Clever plot twists highlight this fast-moving tale of espionage, loyalty, and survival, plus a budding romance. Readers will no doubt be drawn to the Ukrainian element, given current events, and better appreciate that country's situation in light of its history.” —Booklist

      “Fierce and astonishing. It has the sweep and scale of a big historical novel, yet is filled with exquisite nuances that make this a powerfully affecting work. You will finish The Silent Unseen glad for what you have heard and seen in this quietly devastating yet ultimately uplifting novel.” —Andrew Fukuda, author of This Light Between Us

      “Taut, twisting, and eloquently gritty, The Silent Unseen brings the shifting realities of post-war Europe to harrowing, heartbreaking life.” —Sharon Cameron, author of The Light in Hidden Places and Bluebird

      “Maria and Kostya are complex characters with realistic romantic chemistry, maintaining different agendas and using lies to get what they want in a world where surviving is more important than romance . . . A historical, high-stakes novel with a fitting romantic subplot.” —The Bulletin

      Vividly wrought. ” —Publishers Weekly

      “McCrina paints a vivid post-war world that expertly shows the true and ugly complexities of conflict, told in such a gripping way that readers will race through each page to find out the fate of characters that quickly become beloved . . . She is a master of YA historical fiction.” —Cindy Otis, former CIA analyst and author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News and At the Speed of Lies

      The Silent Unseen is an exquisite tale filled with terror and beauty on every page. McCrina’s fully-realized characters search for moments of mercy amidst their desperate circumstances, and find compassion for their enemies in the face of great suffering. A powerful piece of WWII history that is richly and painfully brought to life.” —Carolyn Tara O’Neil, author of Daughters of a Dead Empire

      The Silent Unseen transported me to a corner of Eastern Europe during World War II and its forgotten slice of history. With the two main characters pitted against each other and the reader immediately pulling for both of them, this fast-paced story drew me in from the first page and refused to let go. Absolutely riveting.” —Kip Wilson, author of White Rose and The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin

      “A haunting gem of a story, steeped in sorrow and hope. McCrina draws you into a perilous world of heartbreak and hope—and keeps you ensnared until the very last page.” —Cory Anderson, author of What Beauty There Is

      The Silent Unseen is a historical fiction that is both incredibly immersive and well researched. McCrina has spun a haunting and captivating tale.” —June Hur, author of The Silence of Bones, The Forest of Stolen Girls, and The Red Palace

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    The Spiral Shell A French Village Reveals its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II Sandell Morse
    9781639640027 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Jewish Publication Date:April 05, 2022
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 in Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Schaffner Press
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      When granted a residency at an artists’ retreat in the picturesque village of Auvillar, in southwestern France, writer Sandell Morse noticed a puzzling lack of Jewish memorials and landmarks there that marked the resistance of local Jews against the Nazis. By gaining the friendship and confidence of the survivors and townspeople over years of research, interviews, and correspondence, Morse relates numerous accounts of bravery and selfless acts by those who chose to fight against bigotry, oppression, and genocide, in a moving and up-close look at a war also raging on a global scale.

      Inspired by her determination to learn the truth - and with a fossilized spiral shell she’d found in the wall of the Jewish quarter in Paris as a talisman - Morse also writes of a deeper meaning and understanding of her own Jewish heritage in the context of her research on the war and the village.

      In this year that marks the 80th anniversary of the deportation of thousands of French Jews to Auschwitz, this memoir reflects on a harrowing time in our world’s history that still reverberates today, and provides a moving tribute to those who resisted.

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      Author Sandell Morse is a non-fiction writer whose works have appeared in several major literary magazines, including, Ascent, Ploughshares, and Solstice. She has received Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2013, and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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    Kingdom of Night Witnesses to the Holocaust Mark Celinscak Canada
    9781487523923 Paperback HISTORY / Holocaust Publication Date:January 28, 2022
    $34.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 500 gr | 344 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y University of Toronto Press
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      Kingdom of Night tells the stories of Canadians – in their own voices – during the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

      In April 1945, when the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was surrendered and handed over to the British Army, Canadian forces arrived on scene to provide support, to bear witness, and to document the crimes. They were overwhelmed, understaffed, and left without adequate supplies, equipment, and medicine. Their encounters at the camp were haunting, transformative experiences that forever changed their lives.

      In Kingdom of Night, Mark Celinscak reveals the engagement of Canadian troops and other personnel at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The book brings together a series of gripping, often deeply moving accounts that demonstrate the critical relief work carried out by Canadians who have been largely overlooked for more than seventy-five years. It outlines in both stark and moving detail what a cross-section of Canadians both said and did during the liberation efforts at one of the most notorious sites in Hitler’s camp system.

      In addition, biographical overviews are presented for each Canadian featured in the book, not only highlighting some of their life-saving and humanitarian work, but also revealing what ultimately became of their lives after the war. Kingdom of Night depicts the gruelling efforts by those who assisted the victims of one of the greatest crimes in history.


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      Mark Celinscak is the Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Executive Director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
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    9781250833303

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