Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX, by Leon Leyson

 

wooden boxThe story: Lieb Lejzon was the youngest person on Schindler’s List. This is Lieb’s story–growing up in a small Polish town, his family’s migration to Krakow when he was ten, the worsening of conditions for Jews before the war and their confinement in the ghetto when the Nazis took over. Lieb’s father worked for Oskar Schindler as a machinist; Schindler, a manufacturer of war materiel in Poland during World War II, eventually saved the lives of 1,200 Jews by claiming that they were highly skilled workers, vital to the war effort. These “highly skilled” workers included Lieb, who at age 13 was so small and undernourished that he had to stand on a wooden box to be able to reach his tasks on the line. The workers found themselves hungry and homeless at the end of the war, but nonetheless alive–all due to the efforts of Oscar Schindler.

Watch my book trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qZDrL1KkHg

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you ever wondered what it would be like to have lived through World War II, and the Holocaust, as a kid, here’s a book that will help you understand it…and hopefully help you decide to make sure something like this never happens to any group of people again.

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