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They Went Left

They Went Left

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The New York Times bestselling, Sydney Taylor Honor winning, critically acclaimed tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, author of Girl in the Blue Coat Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal, her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else--her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja--they went left. Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fianc . And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.

But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her--or help her rebuild her world.


Author: Monica Hesse
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 04/07/2020
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9780316490573
Age Range: 13-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.1
Point Value: 13
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 508897 / They Went Left


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 01/01/2020 pg. 89
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 02/17/2020
School Library Journal 03/01/2020 pg. 116
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2020 - Book Of Special Distinction
Shelf Awareness 04/17/2020
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2020 pg. 138
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat, American Fire, and The War Outside, as well as a columnist at the Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

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