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Karen Hesse  - The Cats in Krasinski Square

The Cats in Krasinski Square

Author: Karen Hesse Illustrator: Wendy Watson

  • AGES 7 - 10 
  • Genre Historical Fiction
When Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out-foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn't get the story out of her mind. The result is this stirring account of a Jewish girl's involvement in the Resistance. At once terrifying and soulful, this fictional account, born of meticulous research, is a testament to history and to our passionate will to survive, as only Karen Hesse can write it.

A young Jewish girl and her sister face the challenges of growing up in Poland during World War II. Having escaped the ghetto, they devise a plan to smuggle food to those still there with the help of the abandoned cats of Krasinski Square. Determined to help the handful of Jewish Resistance fighters feed others still inside the Ghetto, she comes up with a plan to distract the Gestapo and their dogs. Will their plan work, or will they be caught in the act?

"Simple, graceful words and pictures make this adventure story a taut and moving one." — The Horn Book, September 1st, 2004

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