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Polacco, Patricia.  The Keeping Quilt.  Simon & Schuster, 1998. A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith. RL: 5.3



Reiss, Johanna. (1990) The Upstairs Room. Harper Trophy. A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War II. RL: 5.9



Epstein, Helen. (1988)  Children of the Holocaust: conversations with sons and daughters of survivors.  Penguin Books. Relates the stories of several people whose parents were survivors of Nazi concentration camps and the effect this has had on their lives.  RL:  YA


Gold, Alison. (1999)  Memories of Anne Frank: reflections of a childhood friend. Scholastic.  Recounts the story of Hannah Goslar, a close friend of Anne Frank and one of the last to see her alive. RL: 5.5



Fox, Anne L. (1998). Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport. Behrman House Publishing. Tells the true stories of children who escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, a rescue mission led by concerned British to save Jewish children from the Holocaust.  RL: 4.2



Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey. (1995). The Lily Cupboard. Harper Trophy. Miriam, a young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland. RL: 6.2



Uchida, Yoshiko. (1996). The Bracelet. Philomel Books. Emi, a Japanese-American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship. RL: 4.3



Mochizuki, Ken. (1995). Baseball Saved Us. Lee & Low Books. A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over. RL: 4.1



Ken Mochizuki. (1997) Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story.  Lee & Low Books. The story of one man's remarkable courage, and the respect between a father and a son who shared the weight of witness and an amazing act of humanity. RL4.1


Jerry Stanley. (1996) I am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment.  Crown Books for Young Readers. Chronicles the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war and what the federal and state governments did after World War II to compensate the Japanese-Americans. RL8.2


When Jessie Came Across the Sea, Amy Hest (Candlewick Press, 1997).  A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.  RL3.2

Lawlor, Veronica. (1997).  I was Dreaming of Coming to America: Memories from the Ellis Island. Sagebrush Education Resources. 



Woodruff, Elvira. (1999). The Memory Coat: An Ellis Island Story. Scholastic Inc.  In the early 1900s, two cousins leave their Russian shtetl with the rest of their family to come to America, hopeful that they will all pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island.  RL4.8



  Kathleen Neils Conzen, Immigrant Milwaukee, 1836-1860: Accommodation and Community in a Frontier City (1976).








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