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The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

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 Release Date - June 2, 2021 Elzbieta Rabinek has seen firsthand the atrocities that the Germans are willing to commit. She saw her father and brother murdered, but she hides that in order to stay safe. It's that knowledge that leads to her helping her uncle's tenant, a nurse named Sara. Sara is part of a group doing everything possible to help young children help escape the ghettos. When Elzbieta finds Sara hiding children in her apartment, Elzbieta demands to help out. That leads to the teen becoming Sara's apprentice. And, that's how Elzbieta meets a Jewish teen, Roman Gorka.  Roman's mom had a baby and is struggling to keep the infant fed. Sara and Elzbieta can save the infant, but Roman is furious with the war and treatment from the German's. He decides to join a group that is fighting back, even if it means separating from Elzbieta at a time when the teens are started to fall for each other. It also puts Sara's mission to save the children at risk. I

The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

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 Release Date - May 4, 2021 Eighteen-year-old Sadie Gault lives with her parents in the Krakow Ghetto during WWII. When the ghetto is raided and all Jews are removed, Sadie, her pregnant mom, and her dad escape with the help of a local worker. They're forced to live underground in the sewers where they rely on food deliveries from the guy that helped them. It's there that Sadie "meets" a Polish girl who lives in a wealthier part of town. Ella is shocked to learn of the people living in the sewers and vows to help them. It's hard to keep this up when her stepmother brings home the Germans every night, and people in town question why she keeps heading into the impoverished, dangerous parts of town. In a dangerous time and in extraordinarily grim situations, the friendship that forms between Sadie and Ella is undeniable but puts them both in extreme danger. The Woman With the Blue Star is fictional but based on some true accounts. It's hard not to feel so many