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Author: Watts, Irene N.
Illustrator: Shoemaker, Kathryn E.
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781926890029
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grades 7 to 12

Seeking Refuge

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Based on the true story and experiences of the author Irene Watts, this graphic adaptation of the second book in her Holocaust trilogy, “Remember Me,” follows the journey of a young Jewish refugee girl rescued from Nazi-occupied Germany in 1938. Eleven-year-old Marianne arrives in Great Britain on the first Kindertransport, and fights memories and nightmares about the Nazis as she tries to adapt to an uncaring foster family, stumbling through conversations in English, as well as a stressful evacuation to Wales where she experiences multiple billets. Illustrator Kathryn Shoemaker has brilliantly collaborated by drawing grey-toned, fuzzy panels that make Marianne’s fears and loneliness palpable, stark maps at the beginning of each chapter to help track the shifting locales, and a Nazi-red cover showing the forlorn girl sitting on her suitcase, seeking a safe place. This  historically accurate account conveys the fear, tension, and unease of a refugee arriving in an unknown place, unwanted and unwelcome to many, but is also a hopeful holocaust story, with the hope of a reunion between Marianne and her parents. A glossary of German and Welsh words is included.

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