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|Adam & Thomas|
Author: Apelfeld, Aharon
Adam and Thomas, two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II, take refuge in the forest where they learn to forage and survive, soon meeting and helping other fugitives fleeing for their lives.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 182015
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/15)
School Library Journal (00/07/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Originally published in France, this story is about two Jewish boys who have been left in the woods near their home by their mothers who must return to the ghetto. The boys survive by eating berries, foraging for food, and milking cows for fresh milk. Readers get a sense of the larger context of World War II through some minor characters, who make appearances as runaways or fugitives. There are several allusions to spiritual beliefs, but they are not overt. Dialogue is lyrical and a bit dreamlike, and the characters are sympathetic. The sentence structure and vocabulary are simplistic. Dumas's illustrations add to the dreamlike quality of the text. VERDICT An fine addition to elementary and middle school libraries looking for tender friendship and survival stories set during the second World War.—Melissa Etheridge, Siegel Middle School, TN - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.