Paper Hearts

Paper Hearts

Book - 2015
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Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that's based on a true story.

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: New York ; London : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781481439831
Branch Call Number: YA WIVIOTT
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 22 cm


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Zlatka went against the rules during the Nazi occupation--she gathered art materials to create a heart card for her friend, as the two struggled to survive in Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp.

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AL_CATHERINE Mar 02, 2017

I love World War II novels. Based on a true story, this novel of the Holocaust is a heart-wrenching and beautiful look at the power of friendship and hope in the worst conditions.

World War II Holocaust fiction - I loved this beautifully written novel in verse about friendship and hope in the worst possible circumstances.

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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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