Paper Hearts

Paper Hearts

eBook - 2015
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A forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this "beautifully told true story about brave young women who refused to be victims and walked out of Auschwitz with their heads unbowed" (School Library Journal).An act of defiance. A statement of hope. A crime punishable by death. Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944, for her best friend, Fania. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then she passed it to every girl at the work tables to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all—for freedom. Fania knew what that heart meant, for herself and all the other girls. And she kept it hidden, through the bitter days in the camp and through the death marches. She kept it always. This novel is based on the true story of Fania and Zlatka, the story of the bond that helped them both to hope for the best in the face of the worst. Their heart is one of the few objects created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.
Publisher: 2015
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 6185 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781481439855


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This is a book that will make you hopeful and sad at the same time - and it's based on a true story! Zlata and Fania, two Polish teens, meet when they are both imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. Their deep friendship and enormous courage give them the strength to make i... Read More »

Based on actual events, this novel in verse tells the story of girls who become dear friends in a most unlikely place: Auschwitz.

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May 12, 2018

This book was a powerful retelling of true events. What I loved most is that it was written in verses, that means each verse had a meaning. I haven’t read many Holocaust fiction and nonfiction books but this is one of the better books out there. I liked how the author tastefully retold the events and included real messages from characters in the story. I also appreciated the information at the end of the book explaining in more detail the situation the girls were in and what became of them after the war. I found the words insightful and important. I wanted to jump into the story and wrap my arms around the girls. I wanted to tell them how brave they were and how inspiring their story was. To know this was based on a true story just makes it that much more enthralling. I just wished they had opened up and went into more details about the girls past. - @momo of Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

CMLReads_Kristin May 06, 2016

This novel in verse is based on actual events. It captures the terror and privations of life at Auschwitz. Historical information at the end includes pictures of the origami heart at the center of the story. It survives in a Holocaust museum to this day.


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