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The Year of Goodbyes

The Year of Goodbyes

A true story of friendship, family and farewells

Like other twelve-year-old girls, Jutta Salzberg enjoyed playing with friends, going to school, and visiting relatives. In Germany in 1938, these everyday activities were dangerous for Jews. Jutta and her family tried to lead normal lives, but soon they knew they had to escape-if they could, before it was too late.

Throughout 1938, Jutta had her friends and relatives fill her poesiealbum-her autograph book-with inscriptions. Her daughter, Debbie Levy, used these entries as a springboard for telling the story of the Salzberg family’s last year in Germany. It was a year of change and chance, confusion and cruelty. It was a year of goodbyes.
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Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Nonfiction / History / Holocaust

On Sale: September 24th 2019

Price: $12.99 / $16.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 160

ISBN-13: 9781368054553

What's Inside

Like other twelve-year-old girls, Jutta Salzberg enjoyed playing with friends, going to school, and visiting relatives. In Germany in 1938, these everyday activities were dangerous for Jews. Jutta and her family tried to lead normal lives, but soon they knew they had to escape-if they could, before it was too late.

Throughout 1938, Jutta had her friends and relatives fill her poesiealbum-her autograph book-with inscriptions. Her daughter, Debbie Levy, used these entries as a springboard for telling the story of the Salzberg family's last year in Germany. It was a year of change and chance, confusion and cruelty. It was a year of goodbyes.

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Reader Reviews

Praise

2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book
2011 CCBC Choices
2010 Parents' Choice Award
2010 Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books
2010 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
* "Artfully weaving together her mother's poesiealbum (autograph/poetry album), diary, and her own verse, Levy crafts a poignant portrait of her Jewish mother's life in 1938 Nazi Germany that crackles with adolescent vitality."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
* "Poignant and chilling. . . . An immensely powerful experience."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
* "An outstanding and emotionally taut read for children."—School Library Journal (starred review)
"This would work effectively as an introductory class readaloud to the era, and it would appeal to readers who like their friendship tales grounded in history and truth."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
PRAISE FOR SOLDIER SONG

2018 Bank Street College Best Book
2017 Publishers Weekly Best Book
PRAISE FOR SOLDIER SONG

* "Remarkable. . . . An arresting, soulful tribute to the power of music and the shared humanity that underlies conflict."—Booklist (starred review)
PRAISE FOR SOLDIER SONG

* "Through insightful narration and vibrant silhouettes and cartooning, Levy (I Dissent) and Ford (The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring) vividly bring to life a chapter in the U.S. Civil War and the integral role music played during the conflict."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
PRAISE FOR SOLDIER SONG

"A moving tale."—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR SOLDIER SONG

"This engaging, fresh read offers a new perspective on a familiar subject."—School Library Connection
PRAISE FOR WE SHALL OVERCOME

2014 Jane Addams Award Honor Book
2014 Bank Street College Best Book
PRAISE FOR WE SHALL OVERCOME

"Powerful. . . . An innovative capturing of history through the lens of a song and a passionate affirmation of human rights."—Booklist
PRAISE FOR WE SHALL OVERCOME

"Enlightening and inspiring."—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR WE SHALL OVERCOME

"An inviting introduction to a spirited and spiritual anthem. . . . Informative and engaging."—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR WE SHALL OVERCOME

"Detailed and beautiful. . . . This handsome book will be highly useful for classroom and family discussions."—School Library Journal
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