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Review: Children of Willesden Lane, The

Children of Willesden Lane, The Children of Willesden Lane, The by Mona Golabeck and Lee Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Talk:
Have you ever been a long train ride? Looked out the window and seen the world flashing by? Now imagine that train was taking you away from everything you've ever known, including your family. Imagine it was taking you to an entirely new country where you don't know anyone, and you don't even really speak the language.

This is the true story of Lisa Jura, a 14-year old Jewish girl who was whisked away on the Kindertransport, in an effort to rescue her and thousands of other children from the horrors of the Nazi invasion of Austria. It is the story of her tireless efforts to get her sisters out of Austria, and to live out her mother's dream of becoming a concert pianist.

My Thoughts:
I read this in conjunction with The Survivor's Club, which probably wasn't fair. I so much loved Survivor's Club that this one sort of paled in comparison. It's not that it wasn't good...it just didn't have the power behind that the other book did. Both describe children going through unbelievably tough situations, and both extol the virtues of bravery and grit. I just didn't feel this one as much, probably because much of the emphasis was on the music and how it played a role in Lisa's life. I would have rathered learn more about the relationships and hardships than the music, but that's just a personal preference.

My Recommendation:
3.5/5 stars
Grades 5+ (might be a little dark for younger students, but no language or adult themes)

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