A powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty that is “heartbreaking and heartwarming.” An American Library Association “100 Best Books for Teens” An American Library Association “Best Books for Young Adults” Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s... read more
For all of her life, Becca has listened to her grandmother, Gemma, tell her own version of Sleeping Beauty. After Gemma dies, Becca realizes that the only thing she really knows about her is that she survived the Holocaust. While going through Gemma's things, the Becca finds clues to the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
For all of her life, Becca has listened to her grandmother, Gemma, tell her own version of Sleeping Beauty. After Gemma dies, Becca realizes that the only thing she really knows about her is that she survived the Holocaust. While going through Gemma's things, the Becca finds clues to the mystery of Gemma's life which lead her to Poland, where she hopes to find out her grandmother's real name and where she came from.
“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”Becca's Father Dr Berlin, quoting Winston Churchill
“Just calling myself all kinds of fool.”Becca
“No, time may heal wounds, but it does not erase the scars.”Stan
“If one is not optimistic in Poland, then there is too much to weep about. In the not-so-past history are many tragedies. Every family can recite them. The blood of so many martyrs are still wet on our soil.”Magda
“Ah, you want an ending to the story. Not every story has an ending my friend.”Magda
“I cannot forgive them, you know. I can love them but I can not forgive them. But then- I do not have to. I am not God.”Father Stashu
“Wars do not make heroes of everyone.”Josef
“Wars may make heroes of men, but not all the time.”Josef
“There is a road to freedom. It's milestones are:Obedience, Industry, Honesty,Order, Cleanliness, Sobriety,Truthfullness, Spirit of Sacrafice andLove of Fatherland.”Sign upon entering Sachenhausen.
“We rescue one, they kill one thousand. Still-one is enough.”Josef
“Sometimes living takes more courage than dying.”Magda
“Poland is filled with heroes, six feet deep.”Auntie
“Truth is never tidy.”Magda
“You watch too much television. Too much Geraldo and Donahue. Too much women's rights. In the old days it was a prince.”Gemma
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