Island on Bird Street


Alex, an eleven year old Jewish boy, finds himself alone with his pet rat, Snow, hiding in the Poland ghetto bombed ruins for 5 months while waiting for his father's return. When their lives are affected by unpredictable treatment by the Nazi soldiers and those who report of Jewish presence, Father tells Alex to wait for him if ever he didn't return home.

From an air vent he sees the outside world where Jews are "relocated",  Poles live normal lives, Nazi soldiers are ever present. Remembering bits of his parent's advice, Alex makes his hideaway secure and undetectable from any looters or police. Facing the fear of no food nor supplies and giving up his secret hideout, Alex must make an important decision for survival.

176 pages    978-0395616239    Ages 10-13

Recommended by:  Cecile Wong, Children's Instructor and Research Specialist (retired), Maryland USA


During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.--from the publisher

"More than just a valuable addition to Holocaust literature . . . it should garner a wide audience, which is exactly what its spirited portrait of hope and dauntless courage deserves." -- from Booklist

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