Karin's whole world has been
turned upside down by World War II. Just a short while ago she was
looking forward to her 10th birthday. She lived in Paris with her
parents, her 12 year old brother and her grandmother. Then the German
soldiers had come to Paris and arrested all the Jews. Karin's father
was arrested and her grandmother died of a heart attack. Karin and
her brother and mother were hiding in an attic afraid of being found out.
When the owner of the house tells them they must leave, they have no choice
but to start walking. They walk during the night and try to find
shelter during the day. They are heading south and hope to find safety
in Italy. When Maman falls ill, she tells Karin and Marc to
go on without her. Can Karin and Marc leave their mother? Can
two young children find their way to Italy and the promise of safety?
Read GOOD NIGHT MAMAN to find out.
Karin Levi is 12 years old
when the Nazis occupy Paris in World War II. Like other Jews in France,
Karin, her older brother Marc, and her mother (her maman) must hide and
eventually flee. Maman becomes very ill and must be left behind when
Marc manages to find passage for them on a ship bound for America and safety.
Karin writes letters every day to her maman, telling her about life in
America - new customs, new friends, a new school. But will Karin
ever see her maman again? (Jean Bellavance firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)