Monday, September 14, 2009

New Holocaust Books for Youth

Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

Roaring Brook Press

Imprints of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Jeanne McDermott • Director of Marketing • 646-307-5756 •

From the Anne Frank House



“Heartbreaking . . . the medium’s intimacy and immediacy help boil down a vast subject to a few lives that young readers, and old ones too, can grasp.” – The New York Times

A must for the Holocaust curriculum.” – Booklist, starred review

“[The Search and A Family Secret] are must-haves.” – Kirkus, starred review

It is through the narratives of victims, perpetrators, bystanders, and survivors that we become aware of the human side of the Holocaust. Every person who lived in Europe during that terrible time has a unique, personal story. Statistics tell us what happened, but the stories let us know how it felt.

Fortunately, these stories survive, thanks in part to museums, archives, libraries, and more.

We’re proud to publish for the US market three books developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam: Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures is a book to read and pore over as it includes many photographs of the Frank family never published before. In A Family Secret, we read about the experiences of a fictional Dutch family during World War II. Powerful storytelling, combined with the narrative energy of the graphic novel format, convey the details of this horrific moment in world history. In another equally powerful graphic novel, The Search, the main facts about the Holocaust are revealed through the eyes of another fictional family affected by the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Each of the latter books presents information related by eyewitness accounts.

These meticulously researched visual books bring a new accessibility to this moral turning point in modern history and forge a connection to the events of the past for children living in today’s very visual culture. In addition, children will be aware of a new Disney film project:

If we may provide more information about the books or provide review copies, please let me know (see contact information above).

And please see our free, downloadable guide, TEACHING THE HOLOCAUST:

The Anne Frank House is an independent organization entrusted with the care of the Secret Annex, the place where Anne Frank hid during World War II and where she wrote her diary. It brings her life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, and on the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy. Their American partner organization is The Anne Frank Center USA.

Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures • by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der rol; translated by Arnold J. Pomerans

Roaring Brook Press • HC: 978-1-59643-546-9 •PB: 978-1-59643-547-6

A Family Secret • by Eric Heuvel; translated by Lorraine T. Miller

Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers • HC ISBN: 978-0-374-32271-7 • PB ISBN: 978-0-374-42265-3

The Search • by Eric Heuvel, Ruud van der Rol, and Lies Schippers; translated by Lorraine T. Miller

Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers • HC ISBN: 978-0-374-36517-2 • PB ISBN: 978-0-374-46455-4

On Sale October 2009

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