Book Review: Kanada

Title: Kanada

Author: Eva Wiseman

Series: standalone

Genre: YA, Middle Grade, Historical

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Page Count: 300

Goodreads Summary:

Kanada. The name meant untold riches and promise to Jutka, a young Hungarian girl who was captivated by stories of a vast, majestic country where people were able to breathe free of hatred and prejudice. Freedom was in short supply, but hatred was everywhere in Hungary as hundreds of thousands of Jews were deported to concentration camps during the last year of WWII. Jutka, her friends, and her family are sent to Auschwitz.

In that hellish place, there was another Kanada. It was the ironic name given to the storehouse at Auschwitz where the possessions, clothing and jewelry stripped from the victims were deposited, and where Jutka was put to work.

The war may have ended, but it did not end the suffering of many of the inmates of concentration camps. Many had no homes to go to, and if they did, they were not welcome. Hundreds went back to Poland and were murdered. Famished, diseased, and homeless, they lived in the hopelessness of camps, wondering if they could ever find a home in the world. Some went to Israel, but for Jutka there was only one dream left her: the dream of a country full of hope, where she would no longer have to live in fear.

Eva Wiseman’s powerful novel describes the war and its long, difficult aftermath with compassion and tenderness.

My Thoughts:

Definitely have a box of tissues prepared for this book. I had gone into this completely blind, and ended up sobbing my eyes out.

My Review:

This was very good, although super sad as it’s another Auschwitz story. I hadn’t realized that in going in so allow me to inform you that you definitely should have a box of tissues prepared. Jutka is a believable character and the story is powerful, emotional, and full of historical references. From Hungary to Canada, this was a really good read. I can definitely see why it was the winner of the Geoffrey Bilson award back in 2007. Jutka, a young Hungarian girl, is just trying to survive and not get killed all because she was born a Jew. The story is told before, during and after World War 2. It’s beautifully written, and vivid with descriptions of the time and place of what it was like living as a Jew during that era.  It was quite sad, and yet Jutka pressed on and survived. Very recommended for those who like historical fiction!

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Overdrive: What’s On My Wishlist TBR? PART 1

For those that prefer the app Libby, I prefer the older Overdrive App. Its cleaner, and easier to load when you don’t have wifi, in my honest opinion. I like that it loads pictures easier, and its better to navigate. While I like the idea of Libby, its just not worked itself out well at all for me. I still keep it on my phone, same as Hoopla though I rarely use either. Hoopla frustrates me with the far limited number of check outs and timing than Overdrive does as well. So. What’s on my Overdrive App? Well, a lot of series, a rare few standalones, and a smattering of YA with Adult winning against the YA titles as of late. Do you have pen and paper handy, as well as Goodreads open? You’ll want to take down a lot of these titles!:

LGBT+ REP, ASIAN REP, CHINESE REP, DISABILITY REP, YA/MG LITERATURE :

This isn’t all of it, of course. There’s loads more YA/MG if I put up all of them we’d be here all day. As is these are high on my wishlist at the moment, and I’m eager to get to them soon. Are you planning on reading any of these? Heard anything good? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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