The Forest of Vanishing Stars
by Kristin Harmel
PBR Review: (by- Linda )

Haunting is the best word to describe this story. I've read a lot of WWI stories about how Jewish people survived WWII. They escaped by hiding in walls, cellars, attics, and old zoos, but this is the first I've read of surviving by living off the land. I learned a lot from this book - about people fleeing and struggling to live outdoors during winter, about human nature, about the horrors of the Natzi.

I liked that this story explores a unique part of WWII, one I was not familiar with. It tells of a young girl stolen from her wealthy German parents, raised in the forest, and taught to live solely off the land. She later uses this knowledge to help Jewish people hide from the Natzi by living in the woods.

On the surface, this is a book about surviving in the wilderness. Still, it's also about learning to love and become part of a family. Yona is brave, intelligent, and a delight to read about.



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