English/language arts: Need suggestions of a good Holocaust Novel

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  1. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    Hello all,

    English and language arts teachers, I need your help and advice. Does anyone have any suggestions on Holocaust themed books that you have read to your students or read in class that went over really well.

    I've already got some to look at and think about:

    Number the Stars
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    However, was just wondering if anyone else had any suggestions that would be worth looking into/has worked really well for them.

    Thanks in advance everyone!


    -Mr.MiddleSchool
     
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  3. MrsC

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    The Book Thief
    Maus
    The Boy Who Dared
    Hana's Suitcase (non-fiction)
     
  4. ciounoi

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    I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a book I always loved.

    If you have more advanced kids, you might want to try The Seamstress. Again, one of my favorites.

    Both books are nonfiction.
     
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    IIRC, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a fairly graphic book, especially for middle school (though not the most graphic of the author's books. I think she did write this one for younger readers, so some of the more horrifying details of her experiences in the concentration camps were "toned down" or left out, but even so I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable giving it to a young teenager). I'd recommend Alicia, My Story more for middle school. I read it at about 12 or 13 and found it wrenchingly sad, but not in a horrific or traumatizing way. It's a non-fiction book, but reads like a novel.
     
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    It isn't as well known, but Clara's Story was written by my Hebrew School teacher based on her own experiences in hiding from Nazis in Belgium. It is written specifically for middle school audience.
     
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    The Devil's Arithmetic is a really good one, too.
     
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    star girl, I do know that there are two versions of the book. Thousand years was the one I read in midle school, I believe. Could be wrong, though. :)
     
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    I think she's written 2 (or maybe 3) books about her experiences (as well as a book about her experiences after immigrating to America after the war). Pretty sure the one you mention is the one for younger readers; so maybe I am mixing up the details from the books--I know that *I* found some of the details of her experiences to be traumatizing as a young reader.
     

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