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Peter's war : a boy's true story of survival in World War II Europe / by Deborah Durland DeSaix and Karen Gray Ruelle ; illustrated by Deborah Durland DeSaix.

DeSaix, Deborah Durland, (author,, illustrator.). Ruelle, Karen Gray, (author.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library J 940.5318 DES (Text) 33500013260666 New Checked out 11/06/2020
Bagley Public Library J 940.5318 DES (Text) 33500013260674 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780823424160
  • ISBN: 0823424162
  • Physical Description: 40 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-36) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"The harrowing true story of a German-Jewish boy who had to survive World War II on his own, separated from his parents as they fled the Holocaust." --
Target Audience Note:
Ages 6-10.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    *Starred Review* This oversize picture-book memoir tells the story of Peter Feigl, a 12-year-old boy fleeing the Nazis during WWII. His family's odyssey began in Berlin and continued on to Czechoslovakia, Austria, Belgium, and France, where his parents were arrested and deported to Auschwitz. Peter was left alone, and he hid in various schools and orphanages until he made it to freedom in Switzerland. Substantial text fills in historical and political background, but more compelling are the photos and excerpts from Peter's diaries, where he writes to his absent parents and records his daily experiences. This account is based on interviews conducted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history project, and extensive chapter notes provide additional details. The soft pastel illustrations stand in stark contrast to the scenes they portray: Peter innocently giving the Nazi salute at a rally; Peter watching his father bicycle away for the last time. This affecting compilation will help young readers put a human face on an unfathomable tragedy, as Peter's personality shines through in his writing. This accessible tribute is an important addition to children's Holocaust literature. Grades 3-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Karen Gray Ruelle is a former librarian turned full-time author and illustrator of children's books. Her books include the Harry and Emily easy readers, as well as picture books and nonfiction. Hidden on the Mountain, cowritten with Deborah Durland DeSaix, was a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She lives in New York City.

Deborah Durland DeSaix is a former college professor who now devotes her time to painting, ceramics, and writing. Hidden on the Mountain, cowritten with Karen Gray Ruelle, was a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Subject: Feigl, Peter, 1929-
Jewish children in the Holocaust > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Children > Europe > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Jewish children > Europe > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War (1939-1945)
Jewish children.
Jewish children in the Holocaust.
Genre: Biographies.
Illustrated works.
Juvenile works.
Illustrated works.

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