“Once people begin to hate, they stop asking questions. Stop using their brains. They just look down on other people.”
What would it be like to be a Jewish child growing up in Europe during WWII? How would it feel to be separated from your parents? How terrifying would it be to undertake having to find them?
In Children of the Stars, author Mario Escobar makes these questions come alive. Young brothers Jacob and Moses Stein are forced to stay with their aunt in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Their parents have left them in order to search for work and a safe place for their family to relocate. After their aunt goes missing, the boys are forced to leave France and find their parents. They only have some letters from their parents to use as a map.
This is a beautifully written book that drew me in immediately. It shows not only the horrific French gendarmes that Jacob and Moses had to escape numerous times, but also caring, brave, and kind people who helped them along their journey. The boys’ sweet relationship and strong determination tugged at my heart.
The book is well researched, includes an accurate timeline, and it had me googling events that had sparked my interest.
NUGGET GAINED: Kindness matters.
Thank you Thomas Nelson, TLC Book tours, and Mario Escobar for including me on this booktour. I’m grateful for all of you today! This is an important story and needs to be shared.