The Other Half of Life

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The Other Half of Life

Format:  Paperback,

233 pages

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Publish Date: May 2010

ISBN-13: 9780375844225

ISBN-10: 0375844228

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In 1939, fifteen-year-old Thomas sails on a German ship bound for Cuba with more than nine hundred German Jews expecting to be granted safe haven in Cuba.

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Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publish Date: May 2010
ISBN-13: 9780375844225
ISBN-10: 0375844228
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 233
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780375844225

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A heartbreaking novel based on the true story of a World War II voyage.

In May of 1939, the SS St. Francis sets sail from Germany, carrying German Jews and other refugees away from Hitler’s regime. The passengers believe they are bound for freedom in Cuba and eventually the United States, but not all of them are celebrating. Fifteen-year-old Thomas is anxious about his parents and didn’t want to leave Germany: his father, a Jew, has been imprisoned and his mother, a Christian, is left behind, alone. Fourteen-yearold Priska has her family with her, and she’s determined to enjoy the voyage, looking forward to their new lives.

Based on the true story of the MS St. Louis, this historical young adult novel imagines two travelers and the lives they may have lived until events, and immigration laws, conspired to change their fates. Kim Ablon Whitney did meticulous research on the voyage of the St. Louis to craft her compelling and moving story about this little-known event in history.

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