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“Finally a book that deals with what happened to Holocaust survivors! Moving (of course) story of a girl who is the only survivor in her family and her struggle to put a life back together both materially and emotionally. Great lead for more advanced readers to pick up Exodus by Leon Uris. ...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Author: Carol Matas
The book I read was the book After the War by Carol Matos. Let me tell you what this books about.
After the war is a book that takes place after WWII. It talks about Jews, and shows really how hard there life was. In this book there is a girl trying to to run from the German. Just like every Jew. The girl ends up finding a society filled with many Jews. Soon the girl is sent to find some children and save there lives. They go on a quest around the world, but find that they have some difficult obsticals to pass in order to get the children to safety. Avoiding being captured, passing through borders, and going through death threatening situations are all things they must do for the children. Will they survive, and make it back to there society?
As a reader I really enjoyed this book. The fact that it had so many suspenseful parts just made it so much better. For a Jew they had some pretty rough lives. Jews back then didn't get freedom, they were sent to a concentration camp to work there whole life. Which made you wonder if the girl will get sent there, or if she will survive all these tough moments. This book really had me at the tip of my seat the whole time. That's why I would definitely recommend this book to every type of reader. Unless your the type of reader the doesn't like suspense.
By: Sheldon sharp”
“After The War is a historical fiction book written by Carol Matas. It features Ruth Mendenburg, a survivor of the Holocaust in Buchenwald. She thinks that her whole family, of more than 80 people, has died during the Holocaust. She meets her Uncle's maid, Brigette, who took the house and everything else. Discouraged, she meets Saul, a member of Brichah. Brichah is an organization that helped smuggle refugees into Palestine. She agrees to join, having nothing else to do. Her first assignment: to get 20 orphans to Palestine, with the help of new friends Nate and Miriam. Will she do it? What problems will come up during the trip? And, will Ruth find any of her family? Find out in After the War. I liked this book. It was very real, but a little confusing in the beginning. I would recommend this book to 10+, and those who are interested about illegal immigration to Palestine and that time frame.”Jake G wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, this is the story of Ruth, who is liberated from Buchenwald at the end of the war and tries to return home, only to find she is the only surviving member of her family. She tries to make sense of why it is that she was allowed to go on living when so many perished and tries to find meaning in her life. Almost by accident, she finds herself helping a group of 20 children to cross borders on a dangerous journey and to find a new life in Palestine.
I like that this story offers insights to what happened AFTER the war and that Ruth was able to laugh again and find something positive in life. Very moving story. I'll search out others by this author.”
“After the war, they still ran for their lives to safety. ”Elaine wrote this review Wednesday, August 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“omg it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. u people who is reading this sould read it”liora s wrote this review Monday, June 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not for the ligth-hearted...a ton of people die but its really sweet in the end”Tara (the cool one) wrote this review Thursday, September 17, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mmmmm...good book. Believable, and I think there's a sequal. Well-written...good storyline...”SherlockianPhantomPhan wrote this review Wednesday, June 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good detail story but to much personal stuff. ”Jeffrey H wrote this review Wednesday, December 3, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Finally a book that deals with what happened to Holocaust survivors! Moving (of course) story of a girl who is the only survivor in her family and her struggle to put a life back together both materially and emotionally. Great lead for more advanced readers to pick up Exodus by Leon Uris. Quick read.”Ms.R. wrote this review Thursday, October 16, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No