- Author Bio
From the author of Blind, a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story set during World War II in Shanghai, one of the only places Jews without visas could find refuge.
Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is fifteen when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?
Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when her family was circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.
But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?
STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST: Lillia discovers strength she doesn’t know she has.
A COMPELLING YET LESSER-KNOWN STORY ABOUT WORLD WAR II: While much has been written about the plight of Jews in Europe during World War II, little is known about the more than 23,000 Jews who took refuge in Shanghai during the war. The war in the Pacific is also less well-known but equally dramatic.
VIVID WRITING: Rachel’s writing is critically acclaimed.
PROMOTABLE AUTHOR: Rachel is incredibly charismatic, an enthusiastic and wonderful promoter of her books.
Marketing: National media campaign
National author tour
Consumer advertising campaign
Online promotion and social media outreach
Extensive blogger outreach
Promotion at national school and library conferences
Librarian and educator outreach
Author Website: RachelDeWoskin.com
Author Social Media: @RachelDeWoskin
Praise for Rachel DeWoskin’s writing:
* “A profound YA debut”—Publishers Weekly, starred review of Blind
* “With traces of John Green’s Looking for Alaska…a vivid, sensory tour of the shifting landscapes of blindness and teen relationships”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Blind
“Wonderfully engaging…captures the way adolescence renders one’s own identity somehow unknowable.”—The Boston Globe on Big Girl Small
* “Cultures don’t so much collide as coalesce in DeWoskin’s sparkling debut novel…infusing her multicultural narrative with vibrant observations that glitter with laser-intense acuity.”—Booklist, starred review of Repeat After Me