Run, Boy, Run

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 29, 2007 - Young Adult Fiction - 192 pages
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“'Srulik, there’s no time. I want you to remember what I’m going to tell you. You have to stay alive. You have to! Get someone to teach you how to act like a Christian, how to cross yourself and pray. . . . The most important thing, Srulik,' he said, talking fast, 'is to forget your name. Wipe it from your memory. . . . But even if you forget everything—even if you forget me and Mama—never forget that you’re a Jew.'"

And so, at only eight years old, Srulik Frydman says goodbye to his father for the last time and becomes Jurek Staniak, an orphan on the run in the Polish countryside at the height of the Holocaust. With the danger of capture by German soldiers ever-present, Jurek must fight against starvation, the punishing Polish winters, and widespread anti-Semitism as he desperately searches for refuge. Told with the unflinching honesty and unique perspective of such a young child, Run, Boy, Run is the extraordinary account of one boy’s struggle to stay alive in the face of almost insurmountable odds—a story all the more incredible because it is true.

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User Review  - KhrystiBooks - LibraryThing

Based on true events, Run, Boy, Run is gripping. The action never stops, and readers will be anxious to see what happens next. It is also quite emotional for the more sensitive reader. Older children ... Read full review

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This is a great read for middleschool age child or older. Adults will find the story compelling as well. It is a different viewpoint than a classic like Diary of Anne Frank. A good addition to your library. Read full review

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1 Food and Freedom
2 Can You Steal?
3 The Forest Protects Us
4 Baked Birds
5 Alone in the Forest
6 In the Potato Field
7 Shes Going to Cook Me
8 Jesus Was a Jew Too
13 An Unknown Soldier
14 Marina and Grzegorz
15 Mines
16 The War Is Really Over
17 The Kidnappers
18 She Said Something That Made Him Laugh
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9 A True Friend
10 Do You Smoke?
11 Ration Tickets
12 With One Hand
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About the author (2007)

Uri Orlev was born in Warsaw in 1931. In 1996, Uri Orlev received the the highest international recognition given to an author of children’s books. He now lives in Jerusalem.