Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri . Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz (Tangle Press, 2009)
E-ARC provided by NetGalley.
At age 10, Eva and her identical twin Miriam are separated from their family during a round up of Jews, and are sent to the infamous Dr. Mengele, where they are part of many of the horrific experiments that were performed on twins. The deprivations others in concentration camps lived through, such as lack of food, clothing and medical care, were made worse by having injections and other medical procedures performed on them.
Strengths: This is a well-written and straightforward account of an unusual aspect of the concentration camps. The size (141 pages) is perfect for the 8th graders who have a Holocaust unit, and the pictures and maps help give a sense of time and place. Will definitely buy this one.
Weaknesss: Reading this as an E-ARC made it difficult to get a feel for what the actual book will look like.
Small rant about eBooks:
Because I believe in being prepared, I panic from time to time about E-Books. I'm concerned that if we ever adopt them in our district (and there are rumblings that this might take place sooner rather than later), the Powers That Be will think "Hey, students can now just get everything they want off the Internet; we no longer need librarians."
Deep breaths. I tried, over the weekend, to check out books for my Nook from the Ohio eBook Project. As far as I can tell, Kindles are not compatible with the EPub or Adobe PDF formats offered through this organization. I downloaded some of both types and could not get either one to work on my Nook. I have PDFs from NetGalley, and the files look to be identical to the Ohio eBook ones, but they won't open. *Sigh* This may require a trip to Barnes and Noble.
Now, just imagine 625 students trying to get books downloaded to their eReaders, without the help of a librarian. And how are they going to choose what titles to read? 80% of what I do is to help students who come to the desk and sigh "I need a book."
Then there's the problem I encountered last week when I gave my Nook to a student to read a sample from The Emperor of Nihon-Ja. I stepped away long enough to help another student, and when I looked back, the student with the Nook had found the Sodoku game and was playing it.
I think that paper books are a good way to unplug children, and time away from electronics is something that they desperately need!