“This beautiful book is a song to courage and kindness, voices raised in cheerfulness faced with the hollowness of hope. It’s about the dignity and spirit that frees a prisoner from despair, a deeply felt prayer and yet somehow—amazingly—a rousing hymn. I loved every note.” - Tim Wynne-Jones, award-winning author of The Emperor of Any Place
"Fascinating piece of history." - Kirkus Reviews
"So well-told and compelling…It is the sort of novel that will engage and inform grown-up readers as well. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Highly readable with lots of dialogue, readers will encounter death and torture in learning about another aspect of the consequences of WWII, but will also learn of bravery and compassion, and the power of keeping ‘your chin up!’” - School Library Connection
“Polak competently explores the experience, adding perceptive touches such as the girls’ complicated feelings...A compelling story.” - The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“It is a reminder that WWII was also experienced beyond the borders of Europe giving new dimensions to a much-studied topic. A book that would be a good addition to the study of World War II.” - Resource Links
“This book is highly recommended for middle school libraries. Its setting and historical references, although not as famous as that of the Holocaust, provide a backdrop for a tale that is as chilling as it can be without being over the top.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA
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