The Island on Bird StreetBook - 1984
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A young Jewish boy escapes deportation and survives in a Polish Ghetto. Filled with suspense, creativity, and adventure. The young man references literature works such as Robinson Caruso and draws upon the skills he has learned from his father and another, older male mentor.
This is not a very violent book. There is one incident where the boy needs to use a gun.
I watched the film by the same name on Netflix a few years back. It was very well done and filled with suspense. I thought that was an excellent adaptation of the novel.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: This does take place in Nazi occupied Poland. There are very suspense filled scenes with Nazi officers, and other people in hiding. The fear of Alex being caught is consistent. The competition for finding hidden food is somewhat intense. These thoughts are based on how younger, late elementary school readers may feel.
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