At their new home in the Villa Air-Bel, Aube and her family are used to things being hidden. Among the secrets kept at the chateau are a radio, a cow, and -- most secret of all -- Aube herself.
Even with the threat of Nazi capture looming over their heads, life at the villa has been colorful for the refugees awaiting their escape to safety. Joined by writers, musicians, artists, and great thinkers like Marc Chagall and Max Ernst, Aube spends each day singing, playing games, and creating art.
Together, this lively congregation are able to fight back fear and hatred with bravery and laughter -- not just for young Aube, but for themselves as well.
"Strauss centers her story around Aube Breton, daughter of poet André Breton, who stayed at the villa for several months. The third-person narration sticks closely to Aube’s experience, filtering moments of mutual support and imminent danger through a child’s perspective....Leonhard’s rough pencil stokes give his illustrations the feel of sketches dashed off as events unfold, and his often-drab palette further establishes a sense of unease. Endnotes capably fill in relevant historical background for young readers." -- Publishers Weekly
|7 - 10
|Feb 8, 2017
|Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
|Parents’ Choice Award