Mrs. Walker

Sitting next to the pilot in a single-engine plane headed for the Canadian wilderness, where he will visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is haunted by thoughts of that divorce and his knowledge of the secret that caused it. When the plane crashes, Brian is the sole survivor. Left with only the clothes on his back and hatchet his mother gave his as a parting gift, Brian must face the devastating truth: "Right now I'm all I've got. I have to do something." He must learn to survive.

Ms. Cherneski

Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930's. No longer able to practice thier religion, vote, own property, or even work, Daniel's family is forced from their home in Frankfurt and sent on a long dangerous journey, first to the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and then to Auschwitz - the Nazi death camp. Though many around him lose hope in the face of such terror, Daniel struggles for survival. He finds hope, life, and even love in the midst of dispair.