Thursday, December 17, 2009
Angel Girl by Laurie Friedman
Friedman, Laurie Angel Girl illustrated by Ofra Amit, 32 pgs. Carolrhoda Books, 2008. PICTURE BOOK. $16.95. Absolutely amazing. It is the true story of a boy, Herman, who during World War II was forced to work in a labor camp in Germany at the age of 11. Day by day he loses hope until one day his "angel girl" appears on the other side of the fence. She brings him an apple every day, at great risk to both of them. At last, Herman is liberated from the camp and starts a new life in America, never able to forget the past or his angel girl. Miraculously, he meets his angel girl on a blind date and soon after they marry. This book brought out an array of emotions from beginning to end. Despair. Sorrow. Pain. Hope. Happiness. Love. Every word tugs at your heart. The authors use of short, quick sentences and the illustrators long, sad pictures will make this story one that you will remember a lifetime. EL/MS/HS- ESSENTIAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher.