Books by Fern Schumer Chapman

Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"Ultimately, this rich source of unusual background material on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism in general is marred by low production values. (iPad historical-fiction app. 11-13)"
Roughly hewn pedagogical elements are shoveled atop this abbreviated version of a 2010 novel based on the experiences of the author's mother, a Jewish child sent from Nazi Germany to a hostile reception in this country. Read full book review >
IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? by Fern Schumer Chapman
Released: March 1, 2010

Most Holocaust stories for children focus on the inhumanity that took place in European countries; fewer deal with the severe hardships experienced by children sent to America and their struggles to assimilate into a foreign culture. Based on the experiences of the author's mother as part of the One Thousand Children project, this empathetic historical novel rings with authenticity. Edith Westerfeld is 12 when her parents send her from their German home to America. Almost half of the story takes place aboard the ship as she and the other lonely refugee children turn to each other to ease their fears. Life in Chicago is filled with discrimination; even her aunt treats her like a servant. The one bright spot is following Hank Greenberg's baseball career, but wearing her mother's Star of David doesn't keep him from being drafted or bring her parents to America (they die in concentration camps). The title's significance is revealed on the last page: As Edith mourns the loss of everything, she realizes that to honor her parents she must be willing to live. Moving. (Historical fiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2000

" An outstanding portrait of the painful postwar waltz of Germans, their victims, and their victims' victims. (Author tour)"
An engaging memoir by the daughter of a Holocaust escapee who returns to Germany with her mother to revisit the scene Read full book review >