Mira has learned to do things she never thought she would do. But she will do nearly anything it takes to keep her mother and sister Hannah fed and safe – if there is such a thing – in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.
As she struggles to survive and provide, she’s comforted by her boyfriend, Daniel, and her sister’s fanciful stories of the 777 Islands – and haunted by kiss ‘Stephan’, the boy who saved her life in the Polish market.
She’s also constantly asking herself a very important question, “What kind of person am I going to be?”
Asking that question means Mira is constantly evaluating her actions – and constantly struggling with guilt over impossible circumstances.
28 Days by David Safier will prompt readers to ask the same question of themselves – a sign of great literature.
Safier describes quite a few traumatic events – how could he not? It was the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. He also leads readers into Hannah’s imagination where her fantasy worlds and characters provide much-needed escape from the realities of the ghetto.
Highly recommended for ages 14 and up.