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What the Night Sings

What the Night Sings

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A Morris Award Finalist
Longlisted for the National Book Award

For fans of The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes a lushly illustrated novel about a teen Holocaust survivor who must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life.

"A tour de force. This powerful story of love, loss, and survival is not to be missed." --KRISTIN HANNAH, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and on to living her life. In the displaced persons camp where she is staying, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who she just might be falling for, despite her feelings for someone else. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.

"What the Night Sings is a book from the heart, of the heart, and to the heart. Vesper Stamper's Gerta will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her story is one of hope and redemption and life--a blessing to the world." --Deborah Heiligman, award-winning author of Charles and Emma and Vincent and Theo


Author: Vesper Stamper
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 02/20/2018
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.10lbs
Size: 9.10h x 7.40w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781524700386
Age Range: 12-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.9
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 196203 / What the Night Sings

Award: William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Finalist
Award: Sydney Taylor Book Award - Winner
Award: Golden Kite - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 11/01/2017 pg. 67
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2017 pg. 199
Publishers Weekly 11/20/2017
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2017 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2018
School Library Journal 02/01/2018 pg. 96
BookPage 04/01/2018
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2018 pg. 142
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2018 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Vesper Stamper is an author/illustrator living in the Northeast with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper and her two children. She has an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts, NYC. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @vesperillustration, and learn more at

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