Jacob’s Rescue

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“Jacob’s Rescue” by Malka Drucker and  Michael Halperin

Filled with small but telling moments, this fact-based novel concerns a courageous Polish family that hides two Jewish brothers during WW II. Ages 9-12.

Grade 5-9 – The year that she is eight, Marissa asks a fifth question at the family Passover Seder.  She wants to know who the two guests are who have been staying with her family; they are participating in and enjoying the Seder, and they’re “not even Jewish.”  The response is what her father calls a story from the heart, the story of  how Alex and Mela Roslan saved him and his brother during the Holocaust.

The remainder of the book is that story, set in Poland between 1941-1945.

Characters are well developed and multidimensional, and the story is a poignant one. While it might be difficult for today’s readers to understand the kind of heroism and goodness demonstrated by the Roslan family, who risked their lives every day to protect children who were not even related to them, they will become immersed in another time and place.

Powerful emotions are described and presented in an understandable format. This is a fictionalized account of a true story and real people; unfortunately, no mention is made of the relationship between the authors and the characters. –Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA

“Jacob’s Rescue” by Malka Drucker and  Michael Halperin is available on iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app  (download app – here)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 245 KB
Publisher: Yearling (January 5, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Price: $5.17 (Buy now)

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