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LOST IN AMERICA by Marilyn Sachs


by Marilyn Sachs

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59643-040-0
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Fourteen-year-old Nicole happens to be away from home the night the Nazis come for her family. Alone, shunned by non-Jewish neighbors afraid to help her, she finds a series of temporary shelters in occupied France until at last the war ends. A year later, an Auschwitz survivor brings her the terrible news that her parents and sister are not coming back. Now 17, she makes her way to distant family in America and a new, unexpected set of challenges: Her cousins treat her poorly, and the language and culture confuse her as she tries to come to grips with her enormous loss. Other refugees and an unexpectedly kindly employer provide support, but in the end the personal strength that helped her survive the German occupation propels her into a life all her own. A sequel to the 30-year-old A Pocket Full of Seeds, this is a moving, believable story, told simply but rich in historical details that enliven and never overwhelm. A worthy addition to Holocaust literature. (Fiction. 12+)