A Book A Day For The Holidays: The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Frienship, Family, and Farewells by Debbie Levy

The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewells (Disney-Hyperion 2010) Middle grade - Nonfiction

This is the true story, told in verse, of a girl living in Germany in 1938. The girl and her family try to lead normal lives as the tide of anti-Semitism rises around them. Throughout 1938, the girl—my mother, Jutta Salzberg Levy—fills her poesiealbum, or autograph book, with verses, inscriptions, and drawings from friends and relatives. These entries are the stepping stones through the story of this wrenching, eventful year. Pages from the poesiealbum are reproduced in and woven throughout the book. The book has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, a Parents’ Choice Award, and was recently named a Kirkus Best Book of 2010.

Formats: hardcover book.

Purchasing information: $16.99 is the retail price. Available from all the usual places, online and in bookstores.   IndieBound 

The Poesiealbum Project: www.theyearofgoodbyes.com


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