Thursday, July 14, 2016

Is It Day Or Night?


Synopsis (from Amazon): It's 1938, and twelve-year-old Edith is about to move from the tiny German village she's lived in all her life to a place that seems as foreign as the moon: Chicago, Illinois. And she will be doing it alone. This dramatic and chilling novel about one girl's escape from Hitler's Germany was inspired by the experiences of the author's mother, one of twelve hundred children rescued by Americans as part of the One Thousand Children project.


One (or more) Sentence Summary: Is It Day Or Night? was a book I found at my school library.  I brought it home and my mom and I started reading it.  We both really liked it and just can't imagine what those children went through.  On one hand they were so lucky to be brought to America, but on the other hand so unlucky to be torn from their families and brought to some where they knew nothing about.  Edith was very strong girl.  She endured a lot of torturing during her journey.  

Fast read/slow read:  A good pace.

Cover:  Makes me so sad.

What Others Are Saying:  Is It Night or Day? is a 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes, I would like to read Like Finding My Twin.


Critically acclaimed Chicago-based writer Fern Schumer Chapman has written three award-winning books. Her memoir, MOTHERLAND -- a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a BookSense76 pick -- is a popular choice for book clubs. Her two other books, IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? and LIKE FINDING MY TWIN, are used in middle school classrooms. In 2004, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) named Chapman the "Illinois Author of the Year." Twice, Oprah Winfrey shows have featured her books.

IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? explores immigration, Americanization, and identity formation through a little-known program that rescued 1,400 youngsters from the Holocaust. LIKE FINDING MY TWIN showcases how 8th graders reunited two Holocaust refugees. Teachers Guides aligned to the new Core Curriculum State Standards are available for all three books at www.fernschumerchapman.com. Fern Schumer Chapman gives many school speeches each year, sharing these amazing stories with students. Her next book will be released in September 2016.

As a journalist and reporter, her work has appeared in many publications including the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, The Forward, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she has taught magazine writing and other seminars at both Northwestern and Lake Forest College.



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  1. Thanks, Allie, for your kind words about my book. One of your readers forwarded this link to me. I wanted you to know that Edith's life has improved over the years, especially after 8th graders reunited Edith with her best friend, Gerda Katz, in 2011. Edith believed that Gerda was the only other person who understood her uprooting. The two had lost touch with each other in 1938. Now, after 73 years of silence, they have restored their friendship, speaking to each other twice a week.

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