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The War within These Walls kids book

About The War Within these WallsIt’s World War II, and Misha’s family, like the rest of the Jews living in Warsaw, has been moved by the Nazis into a single crowded ghetto. Conditions are appalling: every day more people die from disease, starvation, and deportations. Misha does his best to help his family survive, even crawling through the sewers to smuggle food. When conditions worsen, Misha joins a handful of other Jews who decide to make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.

Heavily illustrated with sober blue-and-white drawings, this powerful novel dramatically captures the brutal reality of a tragic historical event.

Awards for this book include:

  • ALA 2014 Mildred D. Batchelder Honor
  • 2014 USBBY Outstanding International Books List
  • 2014 National Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List
  • 2013 ALA/JBC National Jewish Book Award Honorable Mention