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The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe

This emotional and suspenseful novel is based upon the real life experiences of Dita Kraus, a fourteen- year old who was deported to Auschwitz along with her parents. There, a family friend helps Dita to get a position in Block 31, the school for children incarcerated in the Family Block known as BIIb.  Fredy Hirsch sees how brave and resourceful Dita is so he entrusts the school library to her care. Eight worn books with loose pages provide a way to mentally escape the horror that surrounds them. Dita is in constant danger; any prisoner caught with a book is automatically condemned to death.

The author also describes the fates of others that Dita knows: her mother, best friend and the children and teachers. Dita is especially consumed by Fredy and tries to solve the mystery that surrounds him.

Amy P.
January 9, 2018
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