They Went Left by Karen Hesse

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of Pages: 364

Zofia survived the Holocaust camps and now is on a mission to find her younger brother, Abek, whom she promised to find once the war was over. She knows the rest of her family will not be found simply because when they entered the camp they were all directed to go left and she went right because she was considered a useful worker. She knows they never left the camp and is focusing all of her energy on finding her brother. Zofia has been recovering in a hospital for several months once the camps were liberated simply because her body and mind are weak and she often has trouble remembering things. Her first goal is to go back to their family home, but she knows there is a good chance her brother will not be there and her home might not be there. There are many people looking for lost family at this time, but she is determined to keep looking until she finds out what happened to her brother. As she sets off on her journey she finds that there are many people along the way who are all coping with the war in different ways, but are all trying to start over. Along the way, Zofia is forced to face the horrors of her past that her brain has been trying to forget, but she knows that in order to truly move forward she must accept her past, as bad as it is. Recommended for readers who like the Holocaust and historical fiction.

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