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Stones on a Grave

by Kathy Kacer

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"Stones on a Grave," by Kathy Kacer, is certainly a novel (pun incidental) way to teach young people about the Holocaust. When the Canadian orphanage in which Sara has lived most of her 18 years burns to the ground, she and her fellow young women must find new ways to live. Sara must also face another reality: apparently she is Jewish. Her Jewish mother, whom she never knew, left her a necklace with a Jewish star on it. Sara decides to explore her past to find out who she really is - and that involves a trip to Germany.
It's a quick read. Sara is very lucky in that she keeps finding people who want to help her - and then there are those who rebuff her very strongly. The reader mustn't ask too many questions like how can she afford the traveling, but the story is a grabber and the reader learns a lot about how the Holocaust proceeded and how Jews were victimized, etc., etc. It's quite informative and the reader must not ask too many questions. Just read on. It's worth it. - Betty S. ( )
  cavlibrary | Sep 24, 2016 |
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I settled in to read not knowing this was a YA book but that didn't impact the overall experience. The protagonist, Sara is one of seven girls in a Canadian orphanage left with nowhere to live after their only home burns down. All she has are bits and pieces of her past; a birth certificate and a Star of David necklace. Until she had been given these clues she had no idea she was Jewish. She sets off on a journey to find out exactly who she is.

As Sara follows her clues to Germany she learns the horrors her mother endured as a victim of the Holocaust. She survived only to die shortly after being released. As Sara learns about her mother - and about how she was conceived she has to come to terms with a heritage she is not sure she wants.

The book could have been more powerful than it was but on a YA level it did a decent job of delving into the horrors of the Holocaust. It's one of a seven book series - each girl in the orphanage has her own tale. Each book can stand alone. It was a quick read and Sara was a well drawn character. ( )
  BrokenTeepee | Aug 5, 2016 |
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I wasn't very impressed with the book. The story was good, but it wasn't exactly that in depth. If felt extremely lacking in deeper plot and honestly I thought it felt a little unfinished. Over all though, its a good light read. ( )
  urchinoftokyo | Nov 4, 2015 |
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This was a pretty interesting book. It was an easy read and really enjoyable. If you like historical fiction this would be a good book for you. Sara was an interesting character and I enjoyed reading her story.
  ConstanceMcCauley | Sep 24, 2015 |
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Gorgeous book. ( )
  SarleneS | Sep 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 145980659X, Paperback)

Sara has never been out of the tiny town of Hope, Ontario, where she has been in an orphanage all her life. After a fire destroys the orphanage, clues about her parentage—a medical certificate and a Star of David—lead her to Germany. Despite her fears—she doesn’t speak the language, she knows no one in Germany, and she’s never been on an airplane—Sara arrives in Germany determined to explore her newly discovered Jewish heritage and solve the mystery of her parentage. What she encounters is a country still dealing with the aftermath of the Holocaust. With the help of a handsome, English-speaking German boy, she discovers the sad facts of her mother’s brief existence and faces the horrible truth about her father. Ultimately, the knowledge she gains opens up her world and leads her to a deeper understanding of herself.
   Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.

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