I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. A truly powerful true story about a 14 year old im Auschwitz who becomes the owner of 8 important books that she keeps a secret, turning her into the librarian.
I did not have time to download and read this book before it was archived, so I'm unable to leave a review.
I downloaded the book. However, I couldn’t read it because the pages were all messed up. It didn’t show the pictures and words.
The art was beautiful and the writing was equally impressive. Even though the adaptation is more brief than the original book, it was perfect for the medium.
This is a great graphic novel of a fantastic novel. The story isn't so adapted that it misses the major points. Well done and entertaining.
What a wonderful graphic novel version of the original novel! This was superb and I am adding this to my list of books for the Professional Development course I teach to teachers on using literature to teach the Holocaust. I thought the pacing of the text was perfect and appreciated this edition of the story.
A graphic novel of the Holocaust....this is a hard book to review. I enjoyed this book. However, the graphic nature and the content of this book might be hard for 9-12 year olds without more context. But the content isn't sophisticated or deep enough for adults. It would be an interesting lesson to compare the experience of reading this book (with its visuals), versus a straightforward novel about the Holocaust. Maybe for a high school, or even college class. I will most likely purchase this for my own children (ages 9 & 11) but they are very interested in WWII, lost family to the Holocaust and their mother is a librarian!
I love how The Librarian of Auschwitz: The Graphic Novel coordinates with the novel. The graphic novel was great in encouraging visualization of the horrific events of the time. Many kids, especially those lacking background knowledge, would greatly benefit from the fantastic artwork.
I read this without having first read the novel which is probably why I felt the need for more information or that there were gaps in a few places. The artwork matches the feel of the story, which is compelling, and the cover will make most students want to pick it up.
Wow, what a ride. This book expertly showed the gruesomeness of the concentration camps. Dita was such a strong main character and a beacon of hope for those around her.
I do wish the narrative hadn't jumped around so much in places but overall a great but tough read
This historical fiction graphic novel weaves a deep, emotional tale of fourteen-year-old Dita, a young girl imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz, and her role as librarian within one of the most infamous and brutal concentration camps of the Holocaust. This story incorporates true events, telling a version of one of the darkest moments in all of history through the eyes of a child. It is raw, emotional, and painful - and so very needed. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy to read. I will be recommending this book to my students.
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this graphic novel tells the incredible story of a courageous girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. The teenager is a book lover and devoured every book she could put her hands on before the war. But she was taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, and is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. Her life brightens when Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards.
Adapted from the novel written by Antonio Iturbe, this graphic historical novel is an incredible story with beautiful art. It is a very emotional testimony about how books gave hope to hundreds of people during World War II. Dita’s librarian job is dangerous, as she risks her life everyday to protect the precious books, forbidden inside Auschwitz. If found, it would be a death sentence for the young woman. But, at no moment she hesitates, fulfilling her mission without hesitation. It is truly a very inspiring graphic novel, sharing the worse, but also the best of humanity.
This was an interesting adaptation; I haven't read the original, but might seek that out now. I probably won't buy this for my school library, since I have a wealth of books about WWII and the Holocaust, and our 8th grade language arts classes no longer have a unit on that time period. If you need more Holocaust books, this would be a great choice. Be aware that there are some drawings of unclothed people, and it is an unflinching look at conditions in concentration camps.
A beautifully illustrated graphic novel version of the novel. While it doesn’t do a true deep dive of the actual novel, the story itself is straight forward: a young girl tasked with the protection of the few books available in the Terezin Ghetto. The epilogue encourages the reader to read the original novel, while providing background information about the real life Dita and other people written about in the GN/novel. Only thing that would prevent me from including this in my MS library is the illustrations of the selection process, due to their graphic nature. Otherwise, this is a GN I would highly recommend.
In this instance, the potential use of the item greatly surpasses what is usual for the medium. This graphic novel is an exceptional educational resource for a social studies unit: it enlightens as well as entertains. A young girl with her head full of bookish dreams must face life in a WWII concentration camp. She is given a special responsibility: to secretly distribute a handful of books regularly. If the guards catch her she will pay a dreadful price. She will be put to death.
Like all stories of the Holocaust, this one is horrifying. I'm not sure I agree with the idea of presenting any of the Holocaust as being even mildly palatable. Though this is based on a true story I think the authors tidied up some of it for the age range. But it is inconsistent in content and this would probably not be appropriate for children ages 8-12. The graphics alone would keep it out of most school libraries.
So I have very mixed feelings about this graphic novel. I think it could be read along with Night and used to provoke discussion. But any novel that presents even the slightest positivity regarding the Holocaust is dangerous in this current climate.
I appreciate what the authors tried to do and it is possible that the story line lost something in translation. But I simply could not recommend this to children to read, even with a parent.
As I read in the epilogue this graphic novel which is based off the novel is to get you to read the novel. And I'm very interested in reading the novel now.
There were so many mature and graphic themes as you would expect. This is an important book for young adults to get them aware and ready for novels that describe how young people like them survived and persevered against all odds.
I want to read the book to learn more about this decoy family camp that she lived in. I will say the comment that Mengele said was so horrifying and it's not the worst of what they did and there were images that would need to be explained cause gassing and mass genocide seem like content for fiction not real life. I saw documentaries and read books in school but it hurt to know that this was happening and that this is what we can do to eachother cause we don't practice the same religion or look the same.
Thank you macmillanusa and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.
This graphic novel follows, Dita Kraus, a prisoner at Auschwitz. Upon arriving to Auschwitz, Dita is asked by Fredy Hirsch if she would be interested in becoming the librarian. While Dita knew that under not uncertain circumstances this meant risking her life, she wanted this job. She showed the true power and love of reading in this role. This graphic novel follows Dita through her time in Auschwitz and her eventual departure.
This is based on Adita Kraus true story and was adapted from the full-length novel by the same name. I enjoyed reading this and seeing the love of literature and books come to life on the page. As a middle school librarian though, I would not purchase this title for my collection. While it shows the true realities of the time spent in Auschwitz, the depiction of the people stripped and naked are a little too much for what I would feel comfortable putting in a middle school library.
This dark graphic novel is the retelling of a story called The Librarian of Auschwitz. It's about Dita, a Czech teenager, who is sent with her parents to Auschwitz. The art work is dark and compelling, with vivid images of the camps. It's a well told story, but might be for bigger kids than the publisher describes-8-12 means that it would be appropriate for 3rd graders. There are third graders that might find the story interesting but the pictures of the naked women being sent to the showers might be a bit too much for the general population of elementary school.
I read this with my kids (9 and 7) and found this to be an age appropriate, well written graphic novel. It portrayed the holocaust in a realistic way - showing the danger, fears and atrocities, but in an age appropriate way. This is a very difficult topic to discuss with kids - one that is difficult to comprehend as an adult. The author does an amazing job of depicting the fear, without going overboard, but instead focusing on the bravery, courage and hope of those inside the camps.
Thank you netgalley for my advanced reader copy.