Yellow Star is the story of Syvia, (the author’s Aunt) who finally lets out her story. At the time of World War II, Syvia and her family are moved to the Lodz ghetto. She was one of the very few children to have survived (out of twelve) and Yellow Star is her unique personal account told in a poetical style and through a child’s eyes.
The story is told in first person, which I didn’t mind at all because it’s different especially if it’s from a child’s point of view. It’s purely an innocent view on the Holocaust and it’s definitely an eye opener and very different from other novels told in an adult point of view on this subject.
It’s a short novel, and the way it’s written makes the novel even shorter. It’s certainly a very quick read – although you won’t notice considering the heavy subject matter. Our main character, Syvia, encounters some very close calls to being discovered and deported. These moments fill the reader with dread, and also there are moments were they escape thanks to luck. It’s these kinds of opposite feelings which are all throughout the novel – and perhaps this is how Syvia felt while living through this time.
I cannot think of any criticisms for this novel, this is perfect to introduce the subject of the Holocaust to middle school children. I greatly recommend this novel to children and to those interested in reading on this tragic subject. No matter how much you read on it, it’s still shocking to read.
I give it a 9 out of 10.