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The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

by Michael Rosen - £8.99  Walker Books Ltd (2019)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781406386752 | ISBN 10: 1406386758

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children’s authors.
 
By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” during the Second World War – told through prose and poetry. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after.
 
Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and travelled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution – and it has inspired his poetry for years since.
 
Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.
 
Recommended for readers aged approx: 10+

(Price & availability last checked: February 2020)

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In booklists: Biography and Autobiography - Books for Children, Jewish Diaspora: Books for Children and Young Adults, World War Two: Books for Children and Young Adults,
In categories: History & Biography, Childrens & Teenage Books, Jewish Diaspora, Peace & Human Rights,

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