Is It Night or Day? *
by Fern Schumer Chapman (2010)
The story of a Jewish German girl sent to live in America to escape the inevitable in WWII. Not a cheerful story or rousing ending, but very poignant and seems to accurately portray the swing and resiliency of childhood emotions (which are often the only thing allowing children to survive the horrors this world subjects them to).
This would be a nice companion to The Book Thief, showing a slightly different side (and location) touched by the Holocaust. Highly recommended.
The author based the story on her mother's life, and has another book and a nice website as well.
* exactly how should the title be written -- It and Or, it and or, It and or ...? I've seen it several different ways. What's the rule, or do I just go by what looks better?