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The Light in Hidden Places 12+

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ISBN: 9781338355949 Pages: 400 Ages: 12 and up

About this book


One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make...



It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemysl, Poland, singing her way into their lives and hearts. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio -- a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.



But everything changes when the German army invades Przemysl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door. Izio's brother Max has jumped from the train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that will mean death. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefania's house for the German army.



With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.



This remarkable tale of courage and humanity, based on a true story, is now a Reese's Book Club YA Pick!



Reviews

Praise for The Light in Hidden Places:



A Reese's Book Club YA Pick



"Beautifully written and meticulously researched. Sharon Cameron captures the extraordinary story of one of history's hidden heroes. Every devastating moment is both gripping and powerful." -- Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea



"Harrowing, heartbreaking, and yet so full of hope." -- Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of Stepsister



"Haunting and lyrical. An incredible true story of bravery, survival, and defiance." -- Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee



"Sharon Cameron's exciting novel weaves together the lightheartedness, sheer terror, and incredible inner strength of this young woman, my mom. This book exceeds all my expectations." -- Ed Burzminski, son of Stefania Podgórska



* "Authentic writing and well-researched history combined with the gripping and terrifying subject matter make this a must-read for historical fiction fans. Cameron's remarkable, heartbreaking true story of one woman's bravery and selflessness in World War II Poland will intrigue both teens and adult readers." -- School Library Journal, starred review



* "Cameron's wide-ranging research and deft storytelling abilities combine to create an astoundingly authentic first-person narration. Her exquisite prose conveys in riveting detail exactly what it was like for Stefania to live through the horrors she witnessed." -- BookPage, starred review



"A true story of faith, love, and heroism. [Cameron] deftly details Stefania's brave actions and includes moving family photographs in the author's note... Readers will be pulled in by the compelling opening and stay for the emotional journey. An inspirational read." -- Kirkus Reviews



"Empowered by thorough research -- an author's note details events after the war -- Cameron successfully conveys horror and bravery in this powerful and captivating novel. A memorable read." -- Booklist



"Cameron's novel is heartbreakingly real in its attention to detail and its ability to pack emotional punches." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



"This story of extraordinary survival is bolstered by an author's note, accompanied by photos." -- Publishers Weekly



Praise for The Knowing:



* "Both a politically charged adventure and culture study, this thought-provoking dystopia stands firmly on its own." -- Booklist, starred review



"Diverse, well-drawn characters abound, but in the riveting power struggles that ensue, women are dominant players, ruthless ideologues willing to sacrifice all that interferes with the goal. The intricately woven narrative threads come together in a suspenseful denouement sure to leave readers hoping for another installment." -- Kirkus Reviews



"Wildly inventive yet somehow believable... For all of its fantastical elements... this companion novel is ultimately a story about two teenagers, Samara and Beckett, finding their places in the world, managing familial and societal expectations, and falling in love. Cameron is a writer of prime caliber." -- School Library Journal



Praise for The Forgetting:



A #1 New York Times bestseller


An Indie Next List selection



* "Effective worldbuilding and strong characterization... A well-crafted fable for our time." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review



* "This fantasy is a marvelous achievement." -- School Library Journal, starred review



"[An] absorbing adventure." -- Publishers Weekly



"The Forgetting is Sharon Cameron's fourth young adult novel, and she's grown adept at blurring the lines between fantasy, dystopian and science-fiction genres. Cameron reminds us, through Nadia's documented memories, that we must learn to appreciate the truth as much as question it, exploring the morality tucked within the fallacy of memory." -- Bookpage, Top Pick



Praise for Rook:



A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection


An Indiebound Indie Next Top Ten selection


Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award



"The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama." -- Romantic Times



"Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing." -- Kirkus Reviews



"Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in... the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



"Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember." -- Portland Book Review



Praise for The Dark Unwinding:


A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection


Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award


"Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today


"Haunting thrills unfurl." -- Entertainment Weekly


"Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly


"[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book


"A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." -- Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied



Praise for A Spark Unseen:


"Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

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