Claire Bishop grew up in France in the middle of the twentieth century. She wrote many books based on her childhood memories and stories her family told her. This book recounts an example of the heroism that many headmasters and mistresses demonstrated during the Nazi occupation of France.
Sister Gabriel and the twenty children she is teaching decide to hide ten Jewish children at their boarding school and share their rations with them. They demonstrate courage, determination and ingenuity in protecting these friends from death. This short book is a good, gentle introduction to the Holocaust and is appropriate for children even younger than the publisher’s suggested audience.
Jennifer Minicus lives in Ridgewood, NJ. Her love for the formation of young people inspired her interest in children’s literature.