Greater Than Angels

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Scholastic Canada, 1998 - Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - 133 pages
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In the autumn of 1940, Anna Hirsch and her family see little hope on the horizon. The Nazis have deported them to a French refugee camp, where food is scarce and theliving conditions inhuman. Worst of all is the fear that they will be relocated once one of the death camps. But when word comes that Anna and the other children are being moved, their destination is Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a tiny village whose citizens have agreed to care for deported Jewish children. As the war rages on, the Nazis gain more control in France. Jews, and those who shelter them, are hounded with increased vigor; and when they are exposed, the punishment is severe. Yet even in the face of such atrocities, the good people of the village never abandon their self-imposed duty to protect the refugees who seek shelter in their homes. In this gripping story, based on actual occurrences during the German occupation of France, award-winning author Carol Matas unveils the unflagging courage that made the citizens of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon "greater than angels."

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User Review  - SheilaCornelisse - LibraryThing

Set in Le Chambon, France during the reign of Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1940, Anna Hirsch, a young Jewish girl, is deported to a French refugee camp with her family and community. The children find ... Read full review

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User Review  - aubreycs - LibraryThing

I LOVED this book! It was a different perspective of living/surviving during WW2. The young girl didn't spend her entire time in a concentration camp but trying to not only take care of herself but ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Carol is the award-winning author of many historical novels for young people, including The Garden, After the War, Lisa, Jesper and Daniel's Story. Daniel's Story was nominated for the Governor General's Award, and After the War was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults 1997, and a Booklist Editors' Choice for 1997. Both After the War and The Garden won the Jewish Book Prize. Carol has also written acclaimed contemporary, science fiction and fantasy novels. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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