Abigail Packard


Outstanding, Young Adult, Antonio G. Iturbe, Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Education, Books, Historical

Document Type

Book Review


Adita “Dita” Adler has been taken with both her mother and father to Auschwitz by the Nazis. There, the three of them live among the prisoners in the family camp. Life is miserable and Nazi atrocities occur every day as prisoners are brought to the camp while others are taken to the crematorium to be burned. It is in this horrible place that a spark of joy and even rebellion occurs. Freddy Hirsch has begun a school for the children of the family block. But what the Nazis don’t know is that Freddy Hirsch has a library—eight books that the prisoners must keep secret from the Nazis. Freddy enlists Dita to take charge of these precious books and carry them around from classroom to classroom so that the teachers and students can use them. Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Dita faces terrible loss and tragedy as she desperately tries to keep her charge and cling to the hope that one day the war will end.