If I Should Die Before I Wake

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Harcourt Brace, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 225 pages
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Sixteen-year-old Hilary Burke hates Jews. As part of a neo-Nazi gang in her town, she's finally found a sense of belonging. But then she is critically injured during a motorcycle accident with her boyfriend, Brad, and nothing will ever be the same.

Lying near death in a Jewish hospital, Hilary finds herself bombarded by memories of a life in Poland - she becomes Chana, a girl whose family is forced from their home by the Nazis and marched to the Lodz ghetto, where starvation drives people to desperate acts and the streets are smeared with filth. Those who are strong enough to survive are shipped to the mass slaughterhouse at Auschwitz.

How can Chana endure such a life? And how can Hilary?

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butthole tastes good. i used to eat butthole all the time. like onetime i cut out a frogs butthole and chopped it up and put it in my familys salad...... nobody knows.....

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I almost wish this would've been written solely as a plain holocaust novel. The Hilary plot that lay over Chana's story was completely pointless -- even frustrating -- until those last few pages. And ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

HAN NOLAN is the author of several books, including Dancing on the Edge which won the National Book Award and Send Me Down a Miracle, a National Book Award finalist.She lives with her husband on the East Coast.

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