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Posted: 11/15/2013 5:57:20 PM
My daughter needs to read a Holocaust book that is at least 8.0 AR reading level.

Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you



Update:
Sorry - to clarify - it needs to be an 8th grade or up book (she is in 8th grade).

Thank you so much for your help - there are a couple we can use!

Here is the point AR finder (one number is reading level & the 2nd is points):
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Anne Frank is 5.8 (read it)
The Book Thief is 5.1
Night is 4.8
Schindlers List is 8.6
Anne Frank a Hidden Life is 8.5
Irena Sendler: Bringing Life to Children of the Holocaust 8.5
The Zookeepers Wife 9.3
The Hiding Place 6.4
Boy in Striped Pajamas 5.8 (read it)
Summer of My German Soldier 5.2
Thin Wood Walls 5.3
Between Shades of Grade is 3.6

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:03:06 PM
What about the gold standard "The Diary of Anne Frank?"

Or "The Book Thief?"

Or "Night?"

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:03:40 PM
(I should have said that I don't know AR reading levels anymore)

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:08:20 PM
Schindler's List, maybe.




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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:13:10 PM
I just looked up Anne frank. It's only a 7.0



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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:16:01 PM
"The Book Thief" is 5.1.



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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:16:07 PM
Anne Frank: A Hidden Life, by Mirjam Pressler.

Irena Sendler: Bringing Life to Children of the Holocaust, by Susan Brophy Down

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:17:23 PM
"Night" is 8.7.



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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:18:28 PM
holocaust books

I found this list on Goodreads, maybe there is something there that would work?

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:19:12 PM
Night is a great book. I would definitely recommend that one.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:21:43 PM
I just thought of another one I read. Don't know if it would work: The Zookeeper's Wife.




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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:24:42 PM
I don't know what AR is, but I remember one of the first books about the Holocaust that I ever read when I was in about the 7th or 8th grade was Mila 18 by Leon Uris. The characters are fictional, but the setting and events are very real. It tells the story of the brave fighters in the Jewish Ghetto in Poland before and during the war.

I believe it was on the NYT best selling list for quite some time.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:26:51 PM
The Hiding Place

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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:27:03 PM
Ohhh, I read a Leon Uris book about the Holocaust and the creation of the modern state of Israel in about 8th grade also-"Exodus."

It was pretty good as well.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:31:49 PM
I don't know anything about AR levels, but 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' was a book before it was a flim.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:33:35 PM
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is 8.3 on the Scholastic site.
Eta: never mind it's 5.3. 8.3 was grade level

About This Book

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:35:45 PM
Night


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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:43:03 PM


Another recommend for Night



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Posted: 11/15/2013 7:02:06 PM
Summer of My German Soldier - Bette Greene

Thin Wood Walls - David Patneaude

The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom and others

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All good books - but none meet the level you require. Sorry.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 7:02:11 PM
I recommend The Secret Key but I couldn't find it in the AR listings.

Maybe this site will help?


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Posted: 11/15/2013 7:06:24 PM
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Not sure of level but is young adult. Loved this book

ETA it's a 9.0


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Posted: 11/15/2013 7:55:38 PM
Sorry - to clarify - it needs to be an 8th grade or up book (she is in 8th grade).

Thank you so much for your help - there are a couple we can use!

Here is the point finder:
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Anne Frank is 5.8 (she already read that)
The Book Thief is 5.1
Night is 4.8
Schindlers List is 8.6
Anne Frank a Hidden Life is 8.5
Irena Sendler: Bringing Life to Children of the Holocaust 8.5
The Zookeepers Wife 9.3
The Hiding Place 6.4
Boy in Striped Pajamas 5.8
Summer of My German Soldier 5.2
Thin Wood Walls 5.3
Between Shades of Grade is 3.6

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Posted: 11/15/2013 8:32:27 PM
Where do you see that Between Shades of Gray is that low? I see a 9.0 after the AR point thing...


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Posted: 11/15/2013 8:43:54 PM
Night. It's powerful stuff.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:45:08 PM
Number the stars is a good book but probably more like 4/5th grade level.

Night was powerful. Amazing book!




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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:49:29 PM
Between Shades of Gray isn't about The Holocaust.

It takes place in Russia during WWII and is about Russian prison camps.

Its AR level is 9.0.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 10:07:17 PM
The book level for shades of Gray is 3.6. Meaning the reading skill level is comparable to a Third grader in the 6th month of school. 9.0 is the point level which measures how much practice the child is getting by reading the book.




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Posted: 11/16/2013 12:21:25 AM
Another vote for "Night" if it qualifies for the points.

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Posted: 11/16/2013 12:27:55 AM
I haven't read many of the others but I have read Mila 18 which is both well written and an excellent fictional account of life in the Polish ghettos of the time
That and Schinlder's list which is also a powerful read
























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Posted: 11/16/2013 3:43:18 AM
I teach history and have an 8th grader of my own.

I wouldn't want her reading schindlers list or the boy in s. pajamas until she is older and I do it with her. Some of my high school kids struggle with the hatred in them--they are deep, powerful and painful, yet inspiring stories.

Night and Anne Frank, although may not be 8th grade reading "level" they are much more age appropriate for 8th grade. My daughter is in honors English and they just covered both this semester and she talks to me everyday about them!



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Posted: 11/16/2013 7:02:52 AM
The 8th graders at my school read The Devil's Arithmetic.


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Posted: 11/16/2013 9:53:30 AM
I think Anne Frank-A Hidden Life would be a great book for your daughter. You say she's already read the diary of Anne Frank so I think she would be interested in this book. It goes on to tell what happened to the family and more about Anne Frank's writing and about her life.

I haven't read it but read a few pages on Amazon. It's one of the books that you can look at a few pages on their website. I'm so intested I've put it on my "To Order" list.

Maybe one day she'll get a chance to go to Holland and see the Anne Frank Museum (the actual place where the family hid) in Amsterdamn. I've been and it was a powerful experience.

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Posted: 11/16/2013 12:04:58 PM
My mom and I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I was over 30, but I had so much crap going on in my life it just wasn't healthy to read a book like that.

That movie was so soul sickening we were both in a funk for 3 days.

I'm appalled at some of the dark stuff junior high and high school kids read. Yeah, let's make kids having a hard enough time dealing with our awful world some read more crappy for the soul stuff and just push them right over the edge into depression and suicidal thought. That's healthy.

I have no problem having them aware that this stuff happened and still happens--Serbia/Croatia, Rwanda, Darfur, Middle East, Cambodia...

Just some of these books are way too mature even if they are not college level AP writing. Most writers don't write that advanced. Just because the style of grammar an words isn't college level doesn't mean the content shouldn't be.



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Posted: 11/17/2013 12:50:26 PM
M in Carolina, the Holocaust was "soul sickening" as you put it, and I'm one who thinks that junior high and high school age is not too young to learn what happened. It was a dark, gruesome time, there is no Disney version. It's very disturbing and kids need to learn about it.

When I read about it at that age it made me think long and hard about all manner of things. Racism, prejudice, the crowd mentality, the convergence of events that were brought together that allowed that to happen at that point in time. The mentality of the people. How people perceived themselves. Yes, it is soul sickening, but it is also a soul searching thing to think about.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
ETA: I will add that I didn't read Mila 18 for any class, I was just a voracious reader, but I'm glad I was able to talk to my parents about what I was reading. I think at that age, you need to be able to get some help grappling with such a tough topic.

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Posted: 11/17/2013 12:52:57 PM
The Zookeepers Wife is excellent!

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Posted: 11/17/2013 1:08:59 PM
Thanks again for all of the feedback! My daughter is an advanced reader & I think the teacher is trying to challenge her. I am concerned about the content of this subject going to deep for her.

I am going to return Schindlers List & get her Anne Frank A Hidden Life & Night.


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Posted: 11/17/2013 7:50:18 PM
Night is an amazing book! I find it an excellent choice along with the Anne Frank book (which was my suggestion) I think you have chosen well.

M in Carolina, I agree with Becky Tech. While reading about such a dark time in history is difficult emotionally, it can teach our teens so much about history, empathy, racism, the crowd mentality, well darn, Becky Tech said it so much better than I did.

I've been interested in reading about the Holocaust since I was in my teens and it has taught me to treat others with empathy and understanding.

To not judge people by the way they look because we never know what their story is-example I have a photo of my sister when she was in her teens sporting a full mohawk with both sides of her head shaved. She has tatoos on both arms and piercings in her face and is playing the piano. Know what she's playing? Some punk rock music? No it's Beethoven, her favorite composer for piano music. Who would have thought that looking at her.

To be grateful for what I have in life and to remember to count my blessings every day.

These are great lessons for today's teens to learn. That it's not all about them. That we as a society are so spoiled and to remember to think about others in 3rd world countries who are struggling every day just to eat and find water.

We cannot nor should we wrap our teens in protective wrap and keep them sheltered. How will that help them grow into independent adults?

The most important lesson of the Holocaust is Never Forget. And as Becky Tech put it,"Those who cannot remember the past are condemmed to repeat it".

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 11/17/2013 9:15:02 PM
As an aside, when I was in 8th grade I read "auschwitz" which was a non fiction book that really brought home the Holocaust for me.

I also read "All Quiet on the Western Front" and felt that was a powerful novel about WWI.

So if Schindlers list had been offered in 8th grade I would have jumped on it.





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Posted: 11/17/2013 9:34:03 PM
I just read Rena's Promise and it is very good. True story about 2 sisters in Auschwitz and how they survived 3 years there.
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