The twentieth-anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazanâs acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author, a reading group guide, a map, and additional photographs. âThe writing is direct, devastating, with no rhetoric or exploitation. The truth is in whatâs said and in what is left out.ââALA Booklist (starred review)
Marion Blumenthal Lazanâs unforgettable and acclaimed memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Following Hitlerâs rise to power, the Blumenthal familyâfather, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albertâwere trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.
Four Perfect Pebbles features forty archival photographs, including several new to this edition, an epilogue, a bibliography, a map, a reading group guide, an index, and a new afterword by the author. First published in 1996, the book was an ALA Notable Book, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and IRA Young Adultsâ Choice, and a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and the recipient of many other honors. âA harrowing and often moving account.ââSchool Library Journal