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Silver Days by Sonia Levitin
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After the horrors of Nazi Germany, it seems a dream come true that the Platt family is together again, in America. But the dream is quickly overshadowed by the family's poverty. 13-year-old Lisa longs to be like the Americans she has seen in the movies, but being a Jewish refugee is not easy, even in America. This powerful sequel to Journey to America is a rich and satisfying story about a young girl growing up as an immigrant refugee in the 1940s.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 13, 2017 |
Silver Days is the sequel to Levtin’s Journey to America in which Lisa Platt and her family emigrated from Germany to New York at the beginning of World War II, and begins with the family settling on the East Coast. Soon after, despite their poverty, Lisa’s father moved the family against their wishes to California, in search of greater opportunity and a more ideal climate. Once in California the family finally begins to acclimate to American culture.

I found the characters to be realistic in this first person narrative as Lisa shares her family’s trials and tribulations after escaping the Nazis in Germany. “Silver Days” takes place through her middle and high school years. What I particularly like about this book is that it shows Jewish people as just like everyone else, and not as some strange other culture.

Another fascinating section of the novel follows the family’s reaction to a Japanese friend whose family is taken away to camps in the US, causing an argument within Lisa’s family as they discuss the pros and cons of removing people who “might be traitors to the country.” This and other moral questions raised by the author make compelling reading.

While the reading level of this book is low, this book is great for high school girls who want an easy yet thoughtful read; it gives a clear insight regarding how the Jewish people came to America from Germany, and the anti-Semitism they encountered upon arrival.
  DWMSLibrarian | Nov 13, 2010 |
In this sequel to Journey to America, the reunited Platt family works hard at settling in to America, but the spectre of the war in Europe continues to affect their lives.
  STBA | Oct 29, 2007 |
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