Orlev, Uri. Run, boy, run.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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Trans, by Hillel Halkin. Houghton Mifflin. c2003. 192p. 0-618-16465-0. $15.00. J

Srulik, an eight-year-old Jewish boy, manages to escape the Warsaw Ghetto and spends the next few years struggling to survive in the Polish countryside, which is occupied by the Nazis. He sees his father killed, learns to be a thief from a group of boys, is taught to pass as a Christian, works for farm families both kind and cruel, and endures near-starvation in the forest. Anti-Semitism is rampant; when his arm is mangled in an accident, a doctor refuses to attend to him, and the arm must be amputated when gangrene develops. Ever resourceful, the boy survives the loss and learns to cope with his disability. The often-horrifying episodes in Srulik's desperate existence are related in short...

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