Guardian Angel House
Genre: Young Adult
Date Published: April 1, 2009
Number of Pages: 180
Print Price: $14.95
eBook Price: $
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Guardian Angel House (published under the title What if They Find Us? in the U.K.), is based upon the experiences of Kathy Clark's Hungarian Jewish mother and aunt who were saved from the Nazis by the Sisters of Charity in Budapest. What is unusual about this children's book is that it is a powerful story published by a mainstream publishing house which shows Catholics in a very good light.
The book is part of Scholastic's My True Story series but it is actually an imaginative reconstruction of the time in fictional form.
What if They Find Us? opens in December 1943 with Susan and Vera's father being taken away to a Nazi labour camp. The children and their mother get through the next few weeks with the help of a Catholic friend but it soon becomes apparent that the persecution of the Jews is getting worse in Hungary.
The family's Catholic friend tries to persuade their mother to allow the nuns of the Guardian Angel House Convent to hide Susan and Vera along with a growing number of other Jewish children and finally she relents. Separated from their parents, the children learn to fend for themselves while coming to terms with the strange Catholic world into which they are thrown.
This is a story of mutual respect and understanding at a time of terrible persecution. As you might expect, there are some terribly sad and moving moments in the book but it is the faith and heroism of the nuns and children that really shines through.
What if They Find Us? would be suitable for 9-13 year olds. It has real narrative drive, interesting new characters are introduced at suitable intervals and we are given some well-judged cliffhangers. I, for one, was gripped. It can be difficult to find good books for our Catholic children. Here's one I'd heartily recommend
Original Language: English
Book Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
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