To Hope and Back by Kathy Kacer (125)

The St. Louis, is a luxury liner. It leaves Germany in 1939, taking its almost one thousand passengers to a safe haven across the ocean.

They will be making a fresh start in countries like Cuba and the United States, away from the Nazi regime that is trying to destroy them.

Lisa and her family has a large cabin in first class, while Sol and his parents are below in tourist class. They don’t know each others, but they share a mix of feelings. They are excited to be crossing the ocean, hoping for a brighter future and they are sad to be leaving everything they know behind.

Sol and Lisa’s optimism is threatened when the ship is not allowed to doc in Cuba. What the children don’t know is that their chance for refuge is in jeopardy and a darker future might lie ahead for the Jewish passengers on board.

This is a sad story about how immigrants come to a new land hoping for a new life. However, there are many hoops for them to jump through.

This is an educational book for kids of all ages. It could be used for school projects. It could also be read as a story about Germany in 1939.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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