ranger51 added a book review.
I read this in the summer before I went into 7th Grade and I thought it was pretty much the best book EVER!
I almost cried but I couldn't let myself because I was in the car with my mom... yes, I downed it in a single 2-hour sitting and needed more of it afterwards. Something about me likes books that are really sad/suspenseful/heart-breaking/intense... Yeah, this book is INTENSE!
It really made me think just how terrible it would have been to be in a concentration camp and how cruel they were... I mean, people just died around the poor kid all the time. A couple times, the Jews had to slap their caps against their thighs... Some of the Jews that did it didn't slap against their thighs hard enough to make the "right noise" and they shot them down on the spot!
It's terrible, really, when you think about it.
However, I think it was perfect how the author set up the exposition with Yanek and his family and the strong, passionate relationship between them; I enjoyed the suspense of them hiding for months before they were actually found (yes, spoiler alert). And as Yanek has to go through the torture him and his fellow Jews have to face, he has one hope that keeps him going... his family and the hope of seeing thing again.
Will this ever come true? Will he even make it out alive? Will they?