Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

Genre:  Historical fiction

Age Level:  12 and up

# of Pages:  227

RAC Book:  yes

This story, told in poetry form, follows one of the twelve children rescued from the Lodz Jewish ghetto during WWII.  The author is related to this woman who became one of the few children who managed to survive during a time when children were considered a nuisance and expendable.  It is important for students to hear these true stories of life in the ghetto and how she managed to survive such brutal attacks on her family and neighbors. 

One main reason why she survived the war was her father.  Her father was very astute, observant, and not afraid to try risky tactics.  His bravery saved his family and many others from a certain death and once the war was over he never spoke of it again.  Instead, he went on to live a normal life as if he had never done these heroic things to save his family. 

This story tells not only of what the ghettos were like during this time, but also of family, friendship, and being willing to stick up for yourself and what’s right even if it is difficult.  Any student who reads this will be able to get something out of it sheerly because they will respond to the fact that it is a true story.  Recommended.

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23 Responses to “Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy”


  1. 1 Maw Books March 26, 2008 at 1:37 am

    I just finished reading this book a couple of days ago and it is sitting in my to be reviewed pile. I thought this book was amazing, both in it’s written style and in the story. And then put on top of that, that it’s all true. There are so many stories from the holocaust and this one is worth reading.

  2. 2 Miranda March 26, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    This book is amazing. I find the holocaust very interesting and after I read this story I found that Syvia’s family is a real true hero.

    I was amazed to know only 12 children suvived in Lodz. I found it very heroic that her dad would risk his life for others. I now also Know what it was lik living in the gheto.

  3. 3 Brianna June 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    i absolutly luv this book. i am amazed with the holocaust and love this story. i want go to the holocaust muesum in maryland (i live in Pa, really close!) and see sylvia! this is truly an amazing book, i am writing a review for it for school and i will say nothing but wonderful things about it!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  4. 5 Dusty September 22, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I am reading this book for a thing at school and I am finding it very intersting. I have never really enjoyed history, but this book really changed my perspective on things. I’ve read fictional thrillers and action novels but when it comes to mass murder and cruelty, this tops all. This woman’s story tops all.

  5. 6 alexviolet August 19, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    i love this book i read it in 1 hour i need to do an essay today for this book it is awesome!!!!!

  6. 7 caroline October 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    i just finished this book for a research project & i would hands down 100% recommend this to someone interested in the holocaust. its so neat ro read a book on a war like that and the whole thing be about someones reall life experience ! it blows me away, i’m impressed. i love the book!!

  7. 8 Anonymous October 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    i just finished this book. it is a very good book. my class and i had to read holocaust books for these next two quorters.i love reading about this, and learning more about the holocaust.

  8. 9 Charlotte :) November 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    This Book is AH-MAZING

  9. 10 karigan gates December 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I love this book it is more then amzing there is no word that ccan explain it. I just know that Mrs. / Ms. Roy did a amazing job and I also Find the holacoast!! It is very interesting..

  10. 11 payton February 17, 2010 at 2:14 am

    this was a realy good book and i could not stop reading it

  11. 12 payton February 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

    when i was reading this book i loved pa and how he saved all the kids

  12. 13 Kaylee July 28, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I have read this book lke a lot of times allready, but i want to buy it and read It even more. That is how AWESOME this book is!

  13. 14 grace January 25, 2011 at 2:32 am

    i had to read this book for school and normaly i hate reading but i enjoyed this book so much it was so hard to put the book down. I was finished in about a week. that is the fastest i’ve ever read. I would recomend this book to anyone who has a deep intrest area about the holo caust.
    i enjoyed this book so much!!! 🙂

  14. 15 Secret February 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I loved this book so much! History cannot get any better!!!!

  15. 16 Alex Gomez March 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book

  16. 17 bob April 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    this was a hell of a book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 18 Anonymous July 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 19 kaylahhhh September 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    i read this book 6 times i couldnt put down wen i first red it i started crying it is wonderful

  19. 20 SammieJanee January 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I love this book im writing an essay about in school right now. What a brave little girl in this book. I have nothing but grat things to say! Very inspiring.

  20. 21 tinish February 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    a loved this book it reminds me of when i was 9 and i did me book report on anne frank i apsalootly LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 22 Potato's Reviews May 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    This was a remarkable book as many of the below comments read. This book almost makes you feel like you experienced the Holocaust. It was written in a form that you don’t usually see but is amazing. Read this book. You won’t be disappointed.

  22. 23 stayyoungforever.org August 10, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Good info. Lucky me I ran across your website by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have saved as a favorite for later!


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