"Think of it as a game, Jack...Play the game right and you might outlast the Nazis." Caught up in Hitler's Final Solution to annihilate Europe's Jews, fifteen-year-old Jack Mandelbaum is torn from his family and thrown into the nightmarish world of the concentration camps. Here, simple existence is a constant struggle, and Jack must learn to live hour to hour, day to day. Despite intolerable conditions, he resolves not to hate his captors and vows to see his family again. But even with his strong will to survive, how long can Jack continue to play this life-and-death game? Award-winning author Andrea Warren has crafted an unforgettable true story of a boy becoming a man in the shadow of the Third Reich.
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"Aaron Lockman has a charming, quirky voice. He delivers Jack Mandelbaum's childhood recollections with ease, even as they grow increasingly dark. From interviews and research, Warren reconstructs Mandelbaum's experience as a young Polish Jew who is trying to survive Hitler's concentration camps. Listeners experience Jack's na•ve excitement at the rumors of war and his last happy boyhood memories. Though never glossing over the atrocities, the narrative doesn't dwell on the brutality, focusing instead on survival. Jack's persistent optimism refuses to be corrupted as his life disintegrates. The production suffers from an odd glitch: Some parts of words sound digitized. This is especially apparent in the foreword. The story, however, is compelling enough to keep listeners engaged despite the flaw. A.M.P. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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