In My Mailbox May 18-23

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The Other Half of Life – Kim Ablon Whitney

A heartbreaking novel based on the true story of a World War II voyage.

In May of 1939, the SS St. Francis sets sail from Germany, carrying German Jews and other refugees away from Hitler’s regime. The passengers believe they are bound for freedom in Cuba and eventually the United States, but not all of them are celebrating. Fifteen-year-old Thomas is anxious about his parents and didn’t want to leave Germany: his father, a Jew, has been imprisoned and his mother, a Christian, is left behind, alone. Fourteen-yearold Priska has her family with her, and she’s determined to enjoy the voyage, looking forward to their new lives.

Based on the true story of the MS St. Louis, this historical young adult novel imagines two travelers and the lives they may have lived until events, and immigration laws, conspired to change their fates. Kim Ablon Whitney did meticulous research on the voyage of the St. Louis to craft her compelling and moving story about this little-known event in history.


6 Responses to In My Mailbox May 18-23

  1. This books sounds really good. I am always fascinated by historical tragedies. I cannot wait to see what you think about it.

  2. Lisette says:

    aww sounds sad and awesome!

  3. Jenny says:

    This sounds great! I love anything set during WWII, so I may have to check this out!

  4. Callie (Handle Like Hendrix) says:

    Wow this one looks really good. I hope you like it!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never heard of that book before but it looks quite interesting. Enjoy.

  6. Lenore says:

    That does sound pretty heartbreaking :/

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