Friday, May 28, 2021

They Went Left

 They Went Left

Author: Monica Hesse 

Narrator: Caitlin Davies

Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers Audiobook 

Year: 2020

How do you find one lost boy on a continent full of lost people? 

Zofia Lederman, an 18 year old Polish Jewish girl, survived the nightmare of the Holocaust. Now months after the end of the war, she is on a desperate journey to find her younger brother Abek. Her journey takes her back to their hometown and then through Poland and into to Germany as she looks for Abek. Zofia lands in a displaced persons camp where she finds others trying to piece their lives back together. 

I loved Monica Hesse’s book Girl in the Blue Coat, a WWII mystery set in Amsterdam. They Went Left is a heartbreaking search for family, love, and hope. Zofia’s desperation is palpable thanks to Caitlin Davies’ narration. I liked that this book highlighted what happened to Zofia after being liberated rather than her time in the camps. Zofia must write to and work with numerous aid organizations during her search for Abek. Zofia and the friends she makes in the displaced persons camp must decide how to put their lives back together after surviving history’s darkest time. I found this story compelling, heartbreaking, and yet hopeful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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