Life is not easy for Jewish people in the midst of the Second World War, and for twelve-year-old Dina and her sisters, it gets even harder when their father dies. Their mother must go back to work and, despite many objections, the family adjusts to the arrival of their new housekeeper, Nina, who is not Jewish. But Nina’s role changes dramatically when the Nazis invade their small Ukrainian town. Nina sacrifices her own safety to make sure the children she has come to love are kept from the clutches of the Nazis — and Dina comes to depend on her in a way she never imagined she would.
Louder Than Words is based on the true story of one woman’s incredible heroism in the most dangerous of circumstances. It is a another affecting testament to the unsung heroes of World War II who, at great personal risk, saved the lives of strangers.
"Dina’s first-person narrative brings readers directly through the loss of freedoms experienced by Ukrainian Jews, as the park, school, and market become off-limits and Jews must wear yellow Stars of David on their clothing whenever they go out.... Reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars... [and] based on the true story of Nina Pukas, named one of the Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. An accessible and absorbing portrait of empathy, character, and moral courage, relevant for modern times." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Mar 23, 2020|