Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Other Half of Life by Kim Ablon Whitney

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 248
ISBN: 978-0-375-85219-0
Source: Picnic Basket Review copy
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

This book is a must on every school shelf. I had never heard of the MS St. Louis before reading this book. I could not imagine being in Thomas’ shoes and being the only one from my family on a ship that was to take me to safety. Thomas’ father was taken to a concentration camp because he was a Jew and his mother, being a Christian had only enough money to buy the safe passage for her son. On board he meets Priska and becomes her friend. She reminded me of Anne Frank with her positive outlook, believing that there was good in everyone and everything. Thomas seemed to have a more realistic outlook. He didn’t exactly trust all of those around him as Priska did.
This for me was an emotional ending. I loved the timeline that was placed at the end of the book. I also loved all of the sources that were listed at the end. It will prove valuable.

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