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.
2018 Bank Street College Best Book
* "Remarkable. . . . An arresting, soulful tribute to the power of music and the shared humanity that underlies conflict."—Booklist (starred review)
* "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)
"A moving tale."—Kirkus Reviews
"This engaging, fresh read offers a new perspective on a familiar subject."—School Library Connection
2014 Jane Addams Award Honor Book
"Powerful. . . . An innovative capturing of history through the lens of a song and a passionate affirmation of human rights."—Booklist
"Enlightening and inspiring."—Publishers Weekly
"An inviting introduction to a spirited and spiritual anthem. . . . Informative and engaging."—Kirkus Reviews
"Detailed and beautiful. . . . This handsome book will be highly useful for classroom and family discussions."—School Library Journal