“White Bird” by R. J. Palacio

Image result for white bird palacioThe Plot In Five Sentences Or Less: Sara’s life as a Jewish girl in a small French town is upended in 1940 when Germany invades her country.  As the precariousness of her new life under Nazi rule becomes undeniable, she is separated from her parents and hidden in a barn by a school acquaintance named Julian.  The war draws on and Sara realizes that she may have to endure life in the barn for quite some time. With this understanding comes the grief that she may never see her parents again but also gratitude for the enormous risk that Julian and his family are taking to keep her hidden.

My Take:  I was enormously impressed by this graphic novel.  Palacio has certainly proven that she has more in her artistic well than just the popular book Wonder.  I was gripped by the intensity of the story and the growing bonds between the characters as they suffer under Nazi cruelty.  Due to some violent content, librarians and teachers may consider treating this a Teen rather than a Juvenile read.  Highly recommended.

One Interesting Thing About The Author:  In addition to writing, Palacio also illustrated the graphic novel.

 

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