Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

A Holocaust Survivor Story December 18, 2012

Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan is the true story of Marion Blumenthal and her family. 

Marion, her parents, and her brother Albert (the four perfect pebbles) are Jewish. Her story begins in Hoya, Germany in the 1930s. Things started to change as Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power. Marion’s family is forced to leave their hometown because Hitler was working on making Germany free of Jews.
The Blumenthal family moved around to stay safe from Hitler. They hoped to make it to the United States of America. Coming to America wasn’t an easy task. The family was tricked into thinking they were traveling to Palestine to be finally be free and were returned to Germany to live as prisoners in a camp for Jewish people.
Marion’s experience at camp is nothing short of unbelievable and shocking. Many Jewish people were crowded into rooms with no bathrooms or showers in sight. It was dirty and lice were everywhere. There wasn’t enough food or water. People were getting sick and dying from lack of food or the conditions that were around them. Getting on a train to leave was often a death sentence for Jewish people at camp.

Marion and her family are called to board a cattle car of a train. Not knowing where they are headed, Marion can only assume the worst. Find out what happened to Marion and her family by reading Four Perfect Pebbles!