The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe tells the story of Dita Kraus, a young girl imprisoned in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. She bravely takes on the role of Librarian for the family camp’s school, transporting books between teachers and concealing them from the SS. The book explores her emotional journey and how she remains strong during such a dark and trying time. The Librarian of Auschwitz is based upon the real-life experiences of Dita Kraus and other characters in the novel.
To be entirely honest, I had never heard of 102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn before it was assigned to my 10th grade english class. When I saw the cover, I immediately understood what the book was about, and I prepared myself for an emotional, heartbreaking, and informative journey.
102 Minutes is a thoroughly researched account of what happened in the Twin Towers on 9/11. The authors examine the decisions made while the towers were constructed, the involvement of firefighters and police, and the confusion and chaos of that devastating day.
The book was a difficult read. Luckily for me, it was broken up as my teacher assigned only 1-2 chapters per night. The authors describe horrific, terrible things I never could have imagined. I was not alive for 9/11, so my inferences about the event were distant and lacking detail.
In case you didn’t notice, I kind of took a massive hiatus from mid-October until now. I have missed the book community so much, but there have been so many exciting things happening in my life. I am thrilled to be back after such a long break!
I thought I would get started by letting you all know about an awesome GIVEAWAY going on right now! Over at Elle Blair’s blog, you have the chance to win an ARC of Whale in a Fishbowl by Troy Howell! This beautiful picture book is available for purchase on May 22, but you have the chance to get your hands on it early! I have had the honor of meeting Troy, and I am so excited to have the chance to promote this fantastic book! If you are interested in learning more about his work, check out his website!
Isn’t this cover stunning? I’m obsessed!